National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Part of a committee of space organisations called Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS), responsible for the first draft of the OAIS (Open Archival Information System) model CCSDS 650.0-R-1.1
An initiative created by the Library of Congress. The mission of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) is to build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance the nation's capabilities in managing, preserving, and making accessible the digital record of human achievement. This will enable current and future generations to fully realize the potential of digital resources now and for years to come.
Australian Society of Archivists. The peak professional body for archivists in Australia. It was formed in response to the growth of archival, record keeping and heritage preservation services in Australia, and the increasing demand for archival and record keeping skills in community organisations, corporate entities and government. ASA is responsible for the journal Archives and Manuscripts.
Archives and Records Association of New Zealand. An incorporated society, established in 1976, with the aim of promoting the understanding and importance of records and archives in New Zealand. ARANZ is administered nationally by a Council of elected members. Branches are established in Auckland, Otago/Southland, Central Districts, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, and Wellington.
Digital Preservation Coalition. A UK based organisation that exists to make the digital memory accessible tomorrow. Enabling its members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital collections and raising awareness of the attendant strategic, cultural and technological challenges they face. Achieving their aims through advocacy, workforce development, capacity-building and partnership.
Open Preservation Foundation
Formerly, Planets, and Open Planets Foundation. (OPF) Founded in 2010 to sustain the results of EU-funded research and development, OPF currently steward a portfolio of open-source digital preservation software and enable the development of best practice through interest groups, community events, and training. Their vision is shared solutions for effective and efficient digital preservation.
Planets (Preservation and Long-term Access through Networked Services) project ended on 31 May 2010. Their work is now maintained by the Open Preservation Foundation. Planets was a four-year project co-funded by the European Union to address core digital preservation challenges. The primary goal for Planets was to build practical services and tools to help ensure long-term access to digital cultural and scientific assets.
Library of Congress. A research library that officially serves congress and is the de-facto National Library of the United States of America. Library of Congress Digital Preservation initiatives includes the National Digital Stewardship Residency programme.
The National Archives, UK. Formerly the Public Records Office. The National Archives us the UK’s government archive. It is responsible for the PRONOM database and compatriot tool DROID.
A community grounded organisation (Stanford University, DuraSpace, plus archival and education institutions across the US and UK) that provides a repository solution. Now also working in collaboration with the Digital Public Library of America to release Hydra-in-a-Box.
- Digital Public Library of America connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions.
- All of the materials found through DPLA—photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents etc. are free and immediately available in digital format.
- The cultural institutions participating in DPLA represent the richness and diversity of America, from the smallest local history museum to the nation’s largest cultural institutions.
- The DPLA’s core work includes bringing new collections and partners into DPLA, building technology, and managing projects that further the mission through curation, education, and community building.
Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe. An idiom and a program, based at Stanford University Libraries, that provides libraries and publishers with low-cost, open source digital preservation tools to preserve and provide access to persistent and authoritative digital content.
and now Preservica. Tessella is based in Abingdon in Oxford in the United Kingdom and is responsible for the Preservica System, formerly known as Safety Deposit Box. Preservica also created PRONOM and DROID in partnership with The National Archives, UK, in the early 00s.
Ex Libris is an Israeli based company responsible for the digital preservation system Rosetta, library management system Alma, and Description and Discovery layer, Primo.
ProQuest LLC is an Michigan-based global information-content and technology company. It was founded in 1938 as University Microfilms by Eugene B. Power. ProQuest provides solutions, applications, and products for libraries. Its resources and tools support research and learning, publishing and dissemination, and the acquisition, management and discovery of library collections. Ex Libris currently sits within the ProQuest portfolio of companies.
Tableau is a digital forensics solution provider who provide a range of hardware based write blockers for the transfer of digital information.
WiebeTech is a digital forensics brand that provides a range of hardware based write blockers for the transfer of digital information.
The BitCurator initiative develops and supports open source digital forensics tools for use in libraries, archives, and museums. Their projects are:
- The BitCurator Access project that focuses on technologies that simplify access to raw and forensically-packaged disk images; allowing collecting institutions to provide access environments that reflect as closely as possible the original order and environmental context of these materials.
- The BitCurator project was a joint effort led by the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (SILS) and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) to develop a system for collecting professionals that incorporates the functionality of many digital forensics tools. The project was originally (2011-2014) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Community support and ongoing software development are managed by the BitCurator Consortium.
- The BitCurator Consortium, supported by Educopia, provides ongoing support for BitCurator software products and the BitCurator community.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavours to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies.
- To this end, it supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work.
- The Foundation makes grants in five core program areas: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities; Arts and Cultural Heritage; Diversity; Scholarly Communications; and International Higher Education and Strategic Projects.
- The Educopia Institute’s mission is to build networks and collaborative communities to help cultural, scientific, and scholarly institutions achieve greater impact.
- They believe in the power of connection and collaboration.
- Educopia encourages knowledge sharing and network building across institutions, communities, and sectors.
- Their strengths include training, neutral community facilitation, and administrative backbone support services for collaborative communities.
- Educopia also develops and manages applied research projects that benefit affiliated communities and the broader information fields of libraries, archives, and museums.
- Educopia helps information stakeholders including researchers, archivists, curators, publishers, and students to establish common ground, work toward shared goals, and ultimately achieve system-wide transformations.
The Internet Archive is a San Francisco–based non-profit digital library with the stated mission of "universal access to all knowledge". It provides free public access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, software applications/games, music, movies/videos, moving images, and nearly three million public-domain books. The Internet Archive is responsible for the Wayback Machine, a mechanism for retrieving and viewing snapshots (Mementos) of websites from the past.
Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) supports shared innovation in metadata design and best practices across a broad range of purposes and business models. DCMI does this by:
- Managing long term curation and development of DCMI specifications and metadata terms namespaces;
- Managing ongoing discussion of current DCMI-wide work themes;
- Setting up and managing international and regional events;
- Curation and open availability of meeting assets including proceedings, project reports and meeting minutes;
- Creation and delivery of training resources in metadata best practices including tutorials, webinars and workshops;
- and Coordinating the global community of DCMI volunteers.
The Dublin in the name comes from Dublin, Ohio following an early workshop about the initiative in 1995.
State Records New South Wales/State Archives New South Wales. Responsible for the blog FutureProof New South Wales. Their Alumni include Cassie Findlay, and Richard Lehane. Richard develops and maintains Siegfried, a tool capable of working with the PRONOM standard for file format identification.
- AV Preserve is a data management consulting and software development firm focused on leveraging a deep understanding of technology, information, business, and people to advance the ways in which data is used for the benefit of individuals, organizations, and causes.
- The AV Preserve team consists of internationally recognized experts with years of experience working with academic, media and entertainment, government, museum, broadcast, and corporate organizations.
- AV Preserve tools include Fixity for continuous monitoring of digital checksums, and MediaSCORE a media preservation prioritization application.
- AV Preserve also perform assessments of digital repositories to help them gauge how close they are to Trusted Digital Repository status, ISO 16363.
- Bay Area Video Coalition. is a community hub and resource for media makers in the Bay Area and across the country, serving over 7,500 freelancers, film-makers, job-seekers, activists, and artists every year.
- BAVC provides access to media making technology, storytelling workshops, a diverse and engaged community of makers and producers, services and resources.
- BAVC advocates for those whose stories aren't being told, and provides the resources for anyone to create and share, and amplify their stories and those of their communities.
- BAVC's diverse, innovative programs lead the field in media training for youth and educators, technology and multimedia focused workforce development, visually-driven new media storytelling and audio-visual preservation.
- One of the nation’s longest-standing non-profit video and audio preservation organizations, BAVC is a leader in the field, developing the highest quality preservation standards and practices while working with individuals and cultural, academic, and media organizations to meet a range of needs for preserving historically and artistically important video and audio materials.
- Preserving digital Objects with Restricted Resources.
- From 2012-2014, the Digital POWRR Project, an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded study investigated, evaluated, and recommended scalable, sustainable digital preservation solutions for libraries with smaller amounts of data and/or fewer resources.
- The project realized that many information professionals felt overwhelmed by the scope of the problem. Team members created a workshop curriculum based off the findings of the study and it has since been delivered to many institutions across the States.
- POWRR created the digital preservation tool grid, now maintained in collaboration with the COPTR tool registry.
Artefactual Systems develops free and open software made available under the AGPLv3 open-source software license. The software and user community is supported through release management, public technical and user documentation, and community forum support.
To pay the bills, and to continue to develop and update the software, paid services are also offered. Artefactual are responsible for the Archivematica (digital preservation) and Access to Memory (archival description) systems.
A UK based data archiving solution with a high level of reported integrity. Arkivum offer digital preservation guidance and have collaborated with systems such as Archivematica to provide digital preservation solutions.
- Deutsches Institut für Normung (German Institute for Standardization)
- Responsible, for example, for DIN 31644 'Criteria for trustworthy digital archives'
The Library of Congress Preservation Metadata activity responsible for the international metadata standard, also called PREMIS, which is designed to support the long-term preservation, and usability, of digital objects.