Added on 8 March 2019

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) welcomes the Archives and Records Management Section of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as they become the Coalition’s newest Associate Member.

The International Atomic Energy Agency is the world's central intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical co-operation in the nuclear field. It works for the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology, contributing to international peace and security and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

The IAEA’s Archives and Records Management Section manages the Agency’s institutional memory and preserves the official records documenting its program of activities and its historical material in a variety of media. It maintains the availability and authenticity of IAEA records, providing for continuity and enabling accountability while ensuring confidentiality.

"The IAEA manages a vast range of high value and complex digital assets. We are currently engaged in a number of initiatives to implement systems, processes and procedures to sustain these assets over the long term. These activities will only be successful with organizational commitment, a skilled workforce, and strong ties to a community of practice” explains Head of the IAEA Archives and Records Management Section, Gabriella Ivacs.

“Joining the Digital Preservation Coalition and exchanging information and expertise with the digital preservation community will certainly help us advance this goal.”

Chair of the DPC Board and Head of Data Division for UKRI-STFC, Juan Bicarregui was delighted that the IAEA had joined the Coalition saying: “The data held by IAEA has the potential for sustaining international nuclear cooperation, so it is critical that this is preserved. I am positive that through the combined expertise of the DPC’s membership we will be able to work with the Agency in developing the digital preservation environment required to support this important work.”

The not-for-profit DPC is an international advocate for digital preservation, helping 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 vision is a secure digital legacy.

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