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July 29, 2008 -- More than 150 digital preservation partners gathered in Washington, DC for a meeting of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program partners. Laura Campbell, Associate Librarian for Strategic Initiatives, and Martha Anderson, Director of NDIIPP Program Management, both of the Library of Congress, welcomed participants to the largest partner meeting to date.

Campbell urged all partners to continuing sharing their lessons learned for the benefit of the larger digital stewardship community. Anderson stated that this "national network of partners committed to selecting, collecting and preserving at-risk digital information has truly proven that 'learning by doing' is a highly successful approach to the challenge of digital preservation."

Topics Addressed

The meeting highlighted key accomplishments of the network, including the collection of at-risk digital content and the development of technical tools to facilitate long-term access to digital content.

Fran Berman, discussed the work of the NSF Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access (external link) and Andrea Goethlals updated the group on the Global Digital Format Registry. Recommendations (PDF) to update copyright laws to enable digital preservation were presented by Mary Rasenberger and Richard Rudick from the Section 108 Study Group , and Bill LeFurgy announced the release of the International Study on Impact of Copyright Law on Digital Preservation report.

In plenary panels, partners shared experiences building LOCKSS networks and developing digital collection policies and strategies. Representatives from two new NDIIPP initiatives, Preserving State Government and Preserving Creative America, presented details about their activities and stimulated discussions about collaboration with other NDIIPP projects.

The meeting also featured breakout sessions on institutional system interoperability, digital content transfer, and geospatial metadata management. Other sessions dealt with strategies for archiving Web sites, development of tools and services to support digital preservation requirements, implementation of collaborative agreements to support shared goals, and policies for preserving private or copyrighted materials. In addition, a number of partners offered posters and demonstrations showcasing recent project milestones.

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The full agenda, presentations, and notes from the meeting are currently available.