Added on 15 November 2019

LOC Logo horizThe Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to welcome the Library of Congress as its newest Full Member.

The largest library in the world, with over 20 petabytes of digital material across its varied collections, the Library of Congress has extensive expert services and programs to preserve its digital content and make it available to a global user community. Set to continue growing in scope and scale, each year the Library adds hundreds of thousands of items totalling several hundred terabytes to its collections. The Library is also the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

“The Library of Congress’s mission is to engage, inspire and inform Congress and the American people with a universal and enduring source of knowledge and creativity. Preserving digital materials in all forms is a priority, especially with the advent of a digital-forward strategy that harnesses technology to bridge geographical divides, expand our reach and enhance our services,” explains Steven Morris, Chief of the Digital Collection Management and Services Division for the Library of Congress.

“Joining the DPC demonstrates our absolute commitment to a digitally-enabled future and to resource optimization.”

“The Library of Congress has long been a leader in digital preservation, from best practices and guidelines; with their work in FADGI, NDIIPP and Web Archiving, as well as research in sustainable file formats and standards development such as BagIt, open source tools like BWF MetaEdit and Bagger, knowledge and resource sharing, and much more,” says Richard Ovenden, President of the DPC.

“Digital preservation is a universal challenge best met with a collaborative, community-based approach.  No one institution can tackle digital preservation alone. We have long had a friendship agreement with the Library of Congress, but I am delighted now that we’re able to renew and deepen that relationship on behalf of DPC members around the world, and for the global challenge of preserving the world’s digital information.”

 ‘As a full member the Library will assume a seat on the DPC’s Representative Council and so takes a new role to shape and guide our work, extending its leadership in the global digital preservation community.”

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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