Added on 4 June 2021

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) welcomes the University of Calgary, as they become the Coalition’s newest Associate Member.

Bringing together over 300 terabytes of digital material from libraries, institutional and research archives, special collections, art galleries and a university press, the University of Calgary’s Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) is undertaking efforts to bolster the institution’s digital preservation capacities; safeguarding the authenticity, usability and accessibility of its rich digital assets.

With plans to formalise and expand a functional unit specialized in the area of digital preservation, to work across LCR’s decentralized digital collections, LCR is carving out its digital preservation roadmap and aims to provide cross-departmental digital preservation services.

“As University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources (LCR) develops its digital preservation roadmap, it is vital that its decision-making in these areas draw from rigorous international communities of practice," explains Susan Powelson, Associate University Librarian.

"The DPC has positioned itself as a key resource for cutting-edge practical guidance and collaboration, drawing together the expertise of globally recognized memory institutions. The capacity to learn from and engage with allied institutions worldwide through DPC Associate Membership is a core requirement for our digital preservation efforts."

Juan Bicarregui, Chair of the DPC was delighted with the news, saying: “The team at Calgary have a clear plan and energy behind achieving their digital preservation goals. As the first Canadian higher education institution to become Associate Members of the DPC, we look forward to working with them enormously, and facilitating international digital preservation efforts which benefit all parties.”

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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