Added on 29 March 2018

The Internet Archive (IA) has joined the Digital Preservation Coalition, becoming its 80th Member.

As the world's largest and oldest web archive, and a large-scale digital library committed to ‘universal access to all knowledge,’ the Internet Archive brings significant expertise to acquiring, preserving, and providing access to digital materials.

Based in San Francisco USA, the Internet Archive is the original developer of a suite of web archiving, digitization, and access technologies that remain industry standards and works with national and international libraries, archives, governments, non-profit technology organizations, and community initiatives, for almost two decades to provide digital library, preservation, and archiving services.

“Since its inception as a non-profit digital library in 1996, the Internet Archive has focused on ensuring the availability and accessibility of human knowledge by creating a digital library to permanently store digital content from all over the world, for anyone to view at any time,” explains Jefferson Bailey, Director, Web Archiving & Data Services for the Internet Archive.

“We look forward to working with the DPC and its member partners on ensuring the success of our collective efforts to provide permanent access to the human record in digital form.”

“The Internet Archive is an exceptional community resource and we can all learn from their work in large-scale digital preservation approaches,” says Executive Director for the DPC, William Kilbride. “We are delighted to welcome their team to the Coalition and look forward to working alongside them to promote and advocate for the preservation of human knowledge.”

Chair of the DPC Board and Head of Data Division for STFC, Juan Bicarregui agreed, adding: “The Internet Archive’s membership of the DPC marks several important milestones for the Coalition. Now with 80 members, not only is our group of organisations larger than it has ever been, but with their base on the west coast of the USA, the Internet Archive’s membership represents how truly diverse and geographically dispersed the DPC has become.”

The not-for-profit DPC is an advocate for digital preservation and helps members around the world to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through community engagement, targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, capacity building, good practice and standards, and through good management and governance. Its primary objective is raising awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues.

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