The DPC Digital Preservation Competency Framework

The DPC Digital Preservation Competency Framework identifies and describes information on the skills, knowledge, and competencies required for successful digital preservation. It can be used for a number of purposes, including:

  • facilitating recruitment

  • structuring professional development

  • auditing skills

  • reviewing curricula

The Competency Framework builds on previous work on identifying competencies for digital preservation as well as good practice models. This approach aims to reflect current good practice and a framework designed with flexibility in mind—to offer a balance of detail so that it can be widely applicable but still offer enough information to be useable by digital preservation practitioners across different organizational contexts.

The Framework aims to be:

  • Applicable for organizations of any size and in any sector.

  • Able to support a range of workforce development activities.

  • Preservation strategy and solution agnostic.

  • Based on existing good practice.

  • Simple to understand and quick to apply.


The Competency Framework is currently available as a DPC Member Preview only, please login to view.


Complementary Resources

Additional guidance and use cases for the framework will be developed by the DPC. This includes the framework’s companion resource, the DPC Competency Audit Toolkit (DPC CAT), which provides a structured process for individuals and organizations to audit their skill levels and assess current role descriptions. A set of Example Role Descriptions have also been developed to help identify the skills required for different role types and different levels of seniority. 


This framework builds on previous efforts to identify competencies and curricula for digital preservation, including the DigCurV lenses and the DigCCur Curriculum Matrix, as well as a number of good practice models for digital preservation, including the DPC Rapid Assessment Model, the NDSA Levels of Preservation, the DLF Levels of Born-Digital Access, and the Core Trust Seal. This framework would not exist without the hard work and wisdom of those who have produced the above-mentioned resources.

Thanks also go to colleagues within the DPC team and members of the DPC’s Workforce Development Sub-Committee for their support, feedback, insights, and encouragement during the development of the framework and related resources.

Copyright and Reuse

The Competency Framework is made available for use and reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license. In summary, this means the framework can be freely shared and adapted as long as clear attribution is made, that it is for non-commercial purposes, and any resources that remix, transform, or build-upon the content carry the same license.


Attributions for the Competency Framework should be as follows:
DPC Competency Framework, 1st Edition,, Digital Preservation Coalition, © 2022


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