Preservation Professionals Form NDSR Advisory Group

An independent body of digital preservation practitioners will help to shape digital stewardship initiatives in the U.S. and beyond.

In November 2017, National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) participants and stakeholders elected a slate of seven members to one-year terms in a new NDSR Advisory Group, in order to support future initiatives related to digital stewardship. This action was inspired by advice from the CLIR report Keepers of Our Digital Future: An Assessment of the National Digital Stewardship Residencies, 2013-2016.

NDSR Advisory Group members are:
Snowden Becker
Karl-Rainer Blumenthal
Elizabeth England
Tricia Patterson
Shira Peltzman
Dave Rice
Karina Wratschko

As concluded in the CLIR report, “the NDSR model has the potential to strengthen and expand our nation’s capacity to address the complex challenges facing us as we come to terms not just with our collective digital future, but with a future in which we rely substantially on one another to preserve our digital past” (p. 50-51). As the coordinating body for the National Digital Stewardship Residency, the NDSR Advisory Group’s mission is to foster and promote national efforts to improve digital stewardship across disciplines through strategic initiatives, partnerships, research, cohort-based experiential learning, and standards development. The Advisory Group members are eager to engage NDSR stakeholders in order to ensure the program’s sustainable growth. For more on the Advisory Board’s primary activities and guiding principles, please follow this link.

The mission of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) is to build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance our nation’s capabilities in managing, preserving, and making accessible the digital record of human achievement.

The NDSR program began in 2013 with a pilot project developed by the Library of Congress in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The original goals of the program were to foster the creation of a cadre of experts in the field and to encourage LIS schools to include more experiential learning as part of their standard curricula. NDSR projects to date have included geographically-focused groups of NDSR host sites in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston, and topically-focused NDSR projects for public broadcasting, art, and biodiversity heritage data collections. For more information on NDSR projects to date, visit

All programs give their thanks to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for funding, collaboration, and their overall program support.

Contact the Advisory Group at

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