Critically Endangered small

To prepare data for long-term archiving requires quite a bit of time, and offices being shut down or moved with little warning don't have time.

Group: Research Outputs

Trend: New Entry

Consensus Decision

Added to List: 2019

Last update: 2019

Previous category: New Entry

Imminence of Action

Action is recommended within 12 months, detailed assessment is now a priority

Significance of Loss

The loss of tools, data or services within this group would impact on many people and sectors.

Effort to Preserve

It would require a major effort to prevent losses in this group, such as the development of new preservation tools or techniques.


Agencies that have closed or have had funding withdrawn from research initiatives.

‘Practically Extinct’ in the Presence of Aggravating Conditions

Lack of access to archival services; sudden or un-anticipated closure; loss of implicit knowledge from destabilised or demoralised staff; encryption

‘Endangered’ in the Presence of Good Practice

Archival responsibility well developed; documentation; published through research channels.

2019 Review

This is unusual entry was submitted through open nomination process and assessed by Jury before being included.  It has significant overlaps with other entries in the research outputs group but has been retained to draw attention to two realities: firstly that research outputs are not simply a matter for academic institutions and that government is in fact a major producer of research data; and secondly that politically instability and threats to the continuity of government services are a significant preservation risk.  The significant fact that this entry relates to the US does not mean that other jurisdictions are immune from political instability. Instead it alludes to a concern expressed by the Jury that politically inconvenient research outputs face particular and immediate threats of which the digital preservation community should be cognisant.

Additional Jury Comments

The Jury offered no other comments on this entry, and a number of members did not participate in this assessment.

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