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What is Digital Preservation?

This site is hosted by the Library of Congress and presents information about the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) and its initiatives.

The NDIIPP strategy was three pronged: supporting and funding projects and programs that built a network of committed partners, establishing an infrastructure that would be modular and flexible for a variety of digital preservation steward organizations, and identifying and preserving at-risk born-digital content of value to the Nation. NDIIPP led the formation and seeding of a digital preservation network by investing $30 million in grants and partnerships into over 320 institutions across the United States, managed a number of Programs focused on community building and education and training, along with facilitating information and knowledge exchange among thought-leaders, practitioners and learners in digital preservation. This work was carried out through a variety of initiatives. While NDIIPP is no longer an active program at the Library of Congress, its success is evident in the diverse and mature digital preservation community that is now thriving in the United States.

Details about the origin and history of the program are available at Background and Reports. An archived version of the site is available at the Internet Archive (best viewed from the Summer of 2018 or earlier).

The Library of Congress, through NDIIPP, managed three programs that are now hosted and administered at other institutions. These include the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE), and the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR).

  • As of January 2016, the Digital Library Federation became the institutional home of NDSA. For information about NDSA's past and current work, please visit the NDSA website
  • If you would like to continue following the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education program, please visit the Pratt Institute, or contact research-partnership@pratt.edu
  • If you would like to continue following the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program, please visit the NDSR website, or contact advisoryboard@ndsr-program.org