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National Digital Stewardship Alliance Releases National Agenda for Digital Stewardship

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), a voluntary membership organization of leading government, academic, and private sector organizations with digital stewardship responsibilities, has announced the release of its 2014 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship.

NDSA, of which Five Colleges, Inc. is a member, defines digital stewardship as the series of managed activities, policies, strategies and actions that ensure that digital content of vital importance to the nation is acquired, managed, organized, preserved and accessible for as long as necessary.

The 2014 National Agenda highlights emerging technological trends, identifies gaps in digital stewardship capacity and provides funders and decision-makers with insight into the work needed to ensure that today's valuable digital content remains accessible and comprehensible in the future, supporting a thriving economy, a robust democracy, and a rich cultural heritage.

The Agenda outlines the challenges and opportunities related to digital preservation activities in four broad areas: Organizational Roles, Policies, and Practices; Digital Content Areas; Infrastructure Development; and Research Priorities.

The National Agenda identifies a number of areas targeted for key investment, including:

  • Digital Stewardship Training and Staffing
  • Applied Research on Cost and Audit Modeling
  • File Format Action Plans
  • Explorations into Interoperability and Portability of Storage Architectures
  • Integration of Digital Forensics Tools into Stewardship Workflows

Over the coming year the NDSA will work to promote the Agenda and explore educational and collaborative opportunities with all interested parties.

Founded in 2010, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance  is a consortium of over 145 member institutions committed to the long-term preservation and stewardship of digital information. NDSA member institutions come from all sectors, and include universities, consortia, professional societies, commercial business, professional associations, and government agencies at the federal, state, and local level. Further information about the NDSA can be found at http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/ndsa/.