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Aligning Digital Preservation across Nations - 14 January 2013, Amsterdam

"Aligning Digital Preservation across Nations" was a full-day invitational workshop held in conjunction with the International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) 2013 in Amsterdam on 14 January 2013.  The workshop was designed to advance discussion and collective action for digital preservation across national boundaries, including plans and priorities for an Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (ANADP) II conference to be held November 18-20, 2013, Barcelona, Spain, as well as strategies for establishing a sustainable social infrastructure for continuing events and activities.
Participants were offered the opportunity to submit position papers in advance and then give short talks about those papers at the workshop.  The position papers served as a foundation for further discussion and deliberation throughout the day.
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Workshop Rationale and Overview
Digital curation is a shared endeavour that spans national, professional and institutional boundaries.  Driving the data science agenda will require active engagement among players in various sectors and from across the globe. 
The Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (ANADP) conference was held in Tallinn, Estonia on May 23-25, 2011.  It allowed individuals from many different national contexts to share information and perspectives toward building strategic international collaborations to support digital preservation.  There was then another half-day workshop in Singapore on November 4, 2011, associated with the iPRES 2011 conference.  The two events were different in composition, length and format, but they represent development of discussion and ideas along on a common set of themes, involving individuals for countries across the globe.
The Tallinn conference was organized around six distinct but related facets of alignment: technical, organizational, standards, legal, education and economic.  The workshop in Singapore was shorter and more focused.  It involved presentations related to opportunities for alignment in: research and education, technical infrastructure, and providing professional guidance.  There were then short break-out discussions on identifying main opportunities for alignment of efforts across national boundaries on the three main themes.
The workshop at the International Conference on Digital Curation (IDCC) built upon previous efforts, while focusing more directly on priorities and plans for next steps, including an Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (ANADP) II conference to be held in fall 2013 and strategies for establishing a sustainable social infrastructure for continuing events and activities.
Educopia has recently published a substantial volume that came out of the Tallinn ANADP conference, edited by Nancy McGovern.[1]  The IDCC workshop used the ANADP volume as a basis for discussion.  In the ANADP volume, Cliff Lynch discusses two facets of alignment in addition to the six facets that were originally defined for the Tallinn event: “making the case with the broad public about the importance of this work” (alignment of outreach and advocacy) and “archival scope, our institutional and national collecting and stewardship policies” (alignment of collection and preservation scope). 
At the IDCC workshop, we addressed the original six facets, as well as the two suggested by Lynch.  In preparation for the event, we asked participants to become familiar with the “Opportunities for Alignment”[2] identified and described in the publication.  We briefly articulated the scope and primary issues in each area and then devote most of the day to (1) prioritizing a focused subset of the facets to address in the coming 1-2 years, (2) identifying what further research and information gathering will be necessary to pursue those facets, (3) proposing a scope and plans for the ANADP II conference, and (4) articulating potential institutional arrangements for ensuring the sustainability of these alignment activities. 

[1] Nancy McGovern, ed., Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (Atlanta, GA: Educopia Institute, 2012).

[2] See pages 320-327.


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