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Digital Preservation

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What is Digital Preservation?

Digital preservation is the active management of digital content over time to ensure ongoing access.

The goal of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program was to implement a national strategy to collect, preserve and make available significant digital content, especially information that is created in digital form only, for current and future generations. Congress directed the Library to undertake NDIIPP in 2000. Details about the origin and history of the program is available here.

NDIIPP in Brief

NDIIPP was based on an understanding that digital stewardship on a national scale depends on public and private communities working together. The program engaged hundreds of partner organizations across the United States and around the world to preserve at-risk digital collections and build a distributed digital preservation infrastructure. This work was carried out through a variety of initiatives. NDIIPP's work was continued through the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) while managed by the Library of Congress. As of January 2016, the Digital Library Federation became the institutional home of NDSA.