Groups

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, or send an email to ndsa@diglib.org.

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 Host Organization at the Digital Library Federation if you would like to form a new group: ndsa@diglib.org

Interest Groups

Content

  • 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.

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.

Infrastructure

  • 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.

Working Groups

Working Groups are created on an as needed basis. Once formed, groups may perform a one-time activity, a cyclical activity, or an ongoing activity. This activity level is listed after the Working Group name below. Further details about each group is provided on their individual pages.

Communications, Outreach, and Publications (ongoing)

  • Working with the Coordinating Committee and Group Chairs to assist with internal and external communications, blog posts, website updates, and editing and publishing NDSA reports and other materials.

Conference Planning Program Committee (annually)

  • Working to plan all aspects of the DigiPres Conference. Including: choosing theme, reviewing conference proposals, selecting keynotes and more.

Fixity (2016-2017)

  • Created to address the “… clear need for use-case driven examples of best practices for fixity in particular system designs and configurations established to meet particular preservation requirements” raised in the 2015 NDSA National Agenda. This group produced the 2017 Fixity Survey Report as a result of their work.

Innovation Awards (annually)

  • Administering awards that highlight and commend creative individuals, projects, organizations, and future stewards demonstrating originality and excellence in their contributions to the field of digital preservation. Awards are given out at the DigiPres conference.

Levels of Preservation (ongoing)

  • Working to provide the methodology by which the important NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation document can be adapted more readily—taking in the broadest possible feedback in the process. Created the Levels of Digital Preservation V2.0 in October 2019. Work continues.

NDSA Agenda (cyclical)

  • Revising and updating the NDSA Agenda to integrate the perspective of dozens of experts and hundreds of institutions to provide funders and executive decision‐makers insight into emerging technological trends, gaps in digital stewardship capacity, and key areas for funding, research and development to ensure that today’s valuable digital content remains accessible and comprehensible in the future, supporting a thriving economy, a robust democracy, and a rich cultural heritage.

Staffing Survey (cyclical)

  • Works to re-release a survey about staffing practices as a follow up to previous NDSA Staffing Surveys (2012, 2017).

Storage Survey (cyclical)

  • Works to collect information about storage infrastructures over time. The 2019 Storage Survey Working Group was convened in late 2018 to gather new data on preservation storage practices. The goal of the 2019 survey is not only to collect updated information in order to compare to the NDSA 2011 and 2013 surveys, but to gather information on how new technologies or standards have impacted preservation storage.

Web Archiving (cyclical)

  • Conducts a survey about web archiving activities to organizations engaged in web archiving or in the process of planning a web archive to take the NDSA Web Archiving Survey. Reports have been published in 2011, 2013, and 2017.

Former Interest Groups

These Interest Groups were retired by NDSA Leadership and are no longer active. Their pages are provided as reference to past activities.

Innovation

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.

Outreach

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 worked to support the release of the 2014 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 work done by this Interest Group is being done by other Working Groups and the NDSA Leadership Team. Please contact the Leadership Team with ideas and suggestions.