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The Library of Congress > Digital Preservation > News Archive > Myron Gutmann Joins the National Science Foundation

July 30, 2009 -- Myron Gutmann, principal investigator for the Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences project, is leaving the University of Michigan for the National Science Foundation.  He will head the NSF directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, which supports research that builds fundamental knowledge of human behavior, interaction, social and economic systems and organizations and institutions.

Myron Gutmann. Credit: Steve Kucma photography

Credit: Steve Kucma photography

Gutmann currently serves as the Director of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. He was among the first of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program partners, and played a key role in shaping the Library of Congress partnership network. His project has been highly successful in demonstrating the practical utility of a distributed preservation network, as well as in bringing at-risk data under stewardship. As a result of his fine work, the Library named Gutmann a Digital Preservation Pioneer.

"We applaud the excellent choice NSF has made in selecting Dr. Gutmann," said Laura Campbell, Associate Librarian for Strategic Initiatives.  "NDIIPP will miss his leadership and insight, but we also look forward to working with him in his new role."

Gutmann is slated to assume his new post on November 2, 2009.