The NDSA has established Interest Groups focusing on broad areas of digital preservation, out of which smaller Working Groups often emerge. All NDSA member organizations commit to providing participants for one or more groups. Questions about which group you should join? Chat with the Interest Group chairs listed below, or send an email to

Group Formation

NDSA participants may form Interest Groups (IGs) and Working Groups (WGs) at will, in order to discuss mutual interests, and advance joint projects.

This process is self-organizing and light-weight. NDSA requires only that groups must be documented publicly, be open to participation, be transparent in discussion and outputs, have a designated Facilitator, and garner the involvement of at least three individual participants from different NDSA organizations. Interest Groups will remain the gateway for new members into NDSA activities. WGs and IGs are encouraged and authorized to share news, events, calls for comments, and draft outputs (with appropriate NDSA branding and WG attribution) through the NDSA mailing lists and social media channels. Please contact the NDSA Secretariat at the Digital Library Federation if you would like to form a new group:

Current Interest Groups


Focusing on the selection, discovery and preservation of digital content. For example, the group members are conducting surveys around US web archiving practices and developing case studies around a variety of types of content to share compelling stories that demonstrate the value of digital preservation in our communities. Content Interest Group Co-Chairs: Lauren Work, University of Virginia - lw2cd at eservices dot virginia dot edu; Maureen Harlow, Public Broadcasting Service - mmharlow at pbs dot org.

Standards and Practices

Promoting effective methods for digital content selection, organization, preservation and access. Current activities include work to enhance coverage information and resources on born digital preservation concerns and criteria in Wikipedia. Standards and Practices Interest Group Co-Chairs (interim): Meg Phillips, National Archives and Records Administration - meg.phillips at nara dot gov; Aaron Collie, Michigan State University Libraries - collie at mail dot lib dot msu dot edu


Working to identify and share emerging practices around the development and maintenance of tools and systems for curation and preservation. For example, the Infrastructure Interest Group is studying and reporting on member approaches to design and operation of large scale storage systems. Infrastructure Interest Group Co-Chairs: Nick Krabbenhoeft - nick at codedculture dot org; Sibyl Schaefer, University of California, San Diego - sschaefer at ucsd dot edu

Former Interest Groups


The Innovation Interest Group is no longer active. Activities of this working group were suspended in 2016. The Innovation Interest Group has a more than six-year history of activity under the umbrella of NDSA. Its focus involved encouraging and sharing innovative methods of digital preservation practices and technologies. For example, the innovation group highlighted innovative projects and practitioners through a series of published interviews. The group also developed and ran an awards program to recognize groundbreaking work in digital stewardship, which is now administered by the Awards Working Group.


The Outreach Interest Group is no longer active. Activities of this working group were suspended in 2014. Its focus was on building relationships with stakeholder communities and preparing and sharing digital preservation information resources. The group has worked to the support the release of the National Agenda for Digital Stewardship, published the Digital Preservation in a Box outreach toolkit, supported regional NDSA meetings, and developed tools to make it easier for partners to share information about their work. The NDSA Coordinating Committee has committed to furthering outreach and communication for the NDSA. Please contact the Coordinating Committee with ideas and suggestions.