The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is very pleased to welcome the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust) as its newest associate member. Based in the USA at the University of Virginia, the APTrust is a 16-member consortium of American research university libraries committed to the creation and management of a sustainable environment for digital preservation.
“For us, the issue is only partially technical,” explains Chip German, Program Director of APTrust. “Our mission includes our role as active members of national and international conversations about the importance of digital preservation and about the need for ‘memory’ organizations to prioritize this work highly.”
“As a consortium of world-class research libraries, the digital assets we wish to protect are valued by researchers world-wide,” he continues. “The DPC provides a new means through which the APTrust can engage in international discussion of the challenges of digital preservation, which require a range of strategies and solutions not bound by national borders.”
“The DPC is absolutely committed to building international partnerships for the development of effective practices and highly skilled workforces,” says Chair of the DPC and Deputy Keeper of the Records of Scotland, Laura Mitchell. “I am delighted that APTrust has chosen to connect with the DPC and strengthen our partnership with the academic community in the USA.”
The DPC helps members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital collections. The coalition also raises awareness of the attendant strategic, cultural and technological challenges and supports members through advocacy, workforce development, capacity-building and partnership.
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