Digital Preservation DECLARATION of Shared Values : Open for Comments !

Digital Preservation combines policies, strategies, and actions that ensure access to digital content over time. When successful, digital preservation results in a cumulative record of human action and memory. 

The digital preservation landscape is one of a multitude of choices that vary widely in terms of purpose, scale, cost, and complexity.

Over the past year a group of collaborating organizations* united in the commitment to digital preservation have come together to explore how to better communicate with each other and assist members of the wider community as they negotiate digital preservation complicated landscape.

A Digital Preservation Declaration of Shared Values : Open for comments

Digital Preservation Declaration of Shared Values has been issued by *representatives of Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), Chronopolis, CLOCKSS Archive, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), Digital Preservation Network (DPN), DuraSpace, Educopia/MetaArchive Cooperative, Stanford University - LOCKSS, Texas Digital Library (TDL), Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL).

The document is available here and the comment period will be open until March 1st, 2018.

In addition, suggestions are welcome from the community for next steps that would be beneficial to work together.

Comments, suggestions and observations may be communicated to the group at [email protected]. Volunteer efforts to translate this declaration into additional languages are also welcome.

Purpose of the Declaration of Shared Values

This declaration accomplishes the following:


It does not specify which values, principles, and standards are most important and ought to outweigh others in instances when they conflict. Reasonable differences of opinion can and do exist among the community.  It is important to work together to resolve those conflicts in ways that support and promote our common goal.


Summarizes ethical principles that reflect our core values and establishes a set of specific ethical standards that should be used to guide common efforts.


Helps identify relevant considerations when professional obligations
conflict or ethical uncertainties arise.


Provides ethical standards to which the community can hold the commitment accountable.


Socializes practitioners new to the field to our mission, values, ethical principles, and ethical standards.

This common commitment will evolve over time.  New stakeholders are welcome from all over the world to work together to preserve the collective human record.

Contact the group at [email protected] to ask questions and/or participate.


*** PV2018 call for submissions (will close on 28th Feb 2018)
PV - the conference about long-term preservation of scientific and technical data, and adding value to it - is running for the 9th time from 15th-17th May 2018 at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK.  

***The 14th incarnation of the iPRES conference (25–29 September 2017; Kyoto, Japan). iPRES is a major international conference series on the preservation and long-term management of digital materials, embracing a variety of topics and perspectives: from strategy to implementation, and from international and regional initiatives to small organizations. 


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