UPDATE: Joint Statement from Collaborating Digital Preservation Organizations

April 13, 2018 News, Events

The Academic Preservation Trust is a charter member of a new and growing collaboration of higher-education and non-profit entities dedicated to digital preservation.  We have pledged to emphasize what unites us and to actively seek ways that, by coordinating our efforts across the communities that we serve, can accelerate progress in preserving digital content at scales that will make a real difference.  Below, in three languages, is a draft of our first product--a joint statement highlighting our commonly-held values.  Given the breadth of our hopes in forming this collaboration, the joint statement below is just the starting point.

[UPDATE April 13, 2018.  NOTE: The original post of this topic was on December 11. 2017] After a comment period through March 2018, a subgroup of the original drafting team has generated draft 2.0, which appears first below. This draft is now subject to review by the full drafting team before designation as the next official version. Once that step is complete, efforts will begin for translation.  The source version of the document remains here. 


JOINT STATEMENT VERSION 2.0


Digital Preservation Declaration of Shared Values

April 12, 2018

Issued by representatives of Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), Chronopolis, CLOCKSS, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), Digital Preservation Network (DPN), DuraSpace, Educopia/MetaArchive Cooperative, Stanford University - LOCKSS, Texas Digital Library (TDL), Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL).

Digital preservation combines policies, strategies, and actions that ensure access to digital content over time.[Footnote 1] Digital preservation is essential to the cumulative record of human activity and memory.  

We are a group of collaborating organizations united in our commitment to preserve the cultural, intellectual, scientific and academic record for current and future generations. We believe that preservation should be sustainable, affordable, practical, and available to all. We believe we can accomplish these goals better together rather than separately. We provide services for the cultural heritage, research, and academic communities, and all kinds of scholars.

We embrace participation from communities reflective of the full range of human experience and strive to preserve the histories, cultures, experiences and perspectives of people of different genders, races, ethnicities, spiritual choices, sexual orientation or identity, physical or mental abilities and places of origins.

The mission of our shared work is rooted in a set of core values. These core values inform and  direct our collective work:

  • Collaboration - We work together and will collaborate with organizations that share the values set out in this statement.

  • Affordability and Sustainability - We endeavor to balance providing affordable services to the widest possible communities with sustainability of the content we protect.

  • Inclusiveness - We strive to adopt and promote inclusive practices in the partnerships we form, the collections we preserve, and the organizations we serve.

  • Technological Diversity - We develop and deploy a variety of platforms and technologies to create a  heterogeneous network that spans diverse geographic, technical, and institutional environments.

  • Portability/Interoperability - We recognize that digital preservation involves moving data across systems and time. We design and maintain our services to maximize the integrity of the content and ease by which we transfer this content.

  • Openness and Transparency - We favor open technologies, standards, and protocols. We share information about costs and technologies openly.

  • Accountability - We are responsible to each other and the broader community for employing ethical and transparent preservation practices.

  • Stewardship Continuity - We will collaborate to help identify new locations for content when one of the undersigned organization’s stewardship cannot continue.

  • Advocacy - We aim to inspire stakeholders at every level to engage, invest in, and sustain preserving our collective cultural heritage and academic record.

  • Empowerment - We encourage capacity-building in our partners, members, and the larger digital preservation community to sustain our shared goal.

Purpose of the Declaration of Shared Values
Values and professional ethics are at the core of our work and guide our practices.

This declaration of shared values accomplishes the following:

  • Summarizes principles that reflect our core values and establishes a set of specific standards that should be used to guide our efforts.

  • Helps identify relevant considerations when professional obligations conflict or uncertainties arise.

  • Provides standards to which our community can hold us accountable.

  • Socializes practitioners new to the field to our mission and values.

The declaration of shared values does not specify which values, principles, and standards are most important and ought to outweigh others in instances when they conflict. Reasonable differences of opinion can and do exist among our community. We will work together to resolve those conflicts in ways that support and promote our common goal.

Our work and thinking will evolve over time. We will strive to include stakeholders from all over the world and we invite those interested to join us in working together to preserve the collective human record. Contact our group at comdigpres@googlegroups.com to ask questions and/or participate.

Footnote 1: Short Definition of Digital Preservation by the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services, a Division of the American Library Association, http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/preserv/defdigpres0408

 


Joint Statement Version 1.0

The digital preservation landscape is one of a multitude of choices that vary widely in terms of purpose, scale, cost, and complexity.  Over the past year a group of collaborating organizations united in the commitment to digital preservation came together to explore how we can better communicate with each other and assist members of the wider community as they negotiate this complicated landscape.

As an initial effort, the group drafted a Digital Preservation Declaration of Shared Values that is now being released for community comment. The text of the draft is below, and the live-working copy of the document is available here and open for your comments and suggestions.  The comment period will be open until March 1st. In addition, we welcome suggestions from the community for next steps that would be beneficial as we work together. Comments, suggestions and observations may be communicated to the group at comdigpres@googlegroups.com. We also welcome volunteer efforts to translate this declaration into additional languages.

 

 

Public Release (English)

December 11, 2017

Digital Preservation Declaration of Shared Values

Issued by representatives of Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), Chronopolis, CLOCKSS, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), Digital Preservation Network (DPN), DuraSpace, Educopia/MetaArchive Cooperative, Stanford University - LOCKSS, Texas Digital Library (TDL), Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL).

Digital preservation combines policies, strategies, and actions that ensure access to digital content over time. When successful, digital preservation results in a cumulative record of human action and memory.

We are a group of collaborating organizations united in our commitment to preserve the cultural, intellectual, scientific and academic record for current and future generations. We believe that preservation should be sustainable, affordable, practical, and available to all. We provide services for the cultural heritage, research, and academic communities, and all kinds of scholars.

The mission of our shared work is rooted in a set of core values. These core values inform and  direct our collective work:

  • Collaboration - We work together and favor open technologies but will collaborate with any organization, including commercial vendors, that share the values set out in this statement.

  • Affordability - We endeavor to provide affordable services.

  • Availability - We make available a variety of services for all, regardless of institutional size or technical ability.

  • Inclusiveness - We strive to promote and adopt inclusive practices in the partnerships we form, the collections we preserve, and the organizations we serve.

  • Diversity - We develop and deploy a variety of platforms and technologies to create a heterogeneous network that spans diverse geographic, technical, and institutional environments.

  • Portability/Interoperability - We recognize that digital preservation involves moving data across systems and time. We design and maintain our services to maximize the ease by which we port this data.

  • Transparency/information sharing - We share information about costs and technologies openly. As part of the cultural mission of digital preservation, we all benefit by learning from others' experiences, good and bad.

  • Accountability - We are responsible to each other and the broader community for employing ethical and transparent business practices.

  • Stewardship Continuity - We will collaborate to help identify new locations for at-risk content when one of our organization’s stewardship cannot continue.

  • Advocacy - We aim to inspire stakeholders at every level to engage, invest in, and sustain preserving our collective cultural heritage and academic record.

  • Empowerment - We encourage capacity-building in our partners, members, and the larger digital preservation community to sustain our shared goal.

Purpose of the Declaration of Shared Values

Values and professional ethics are at the core of our work and guide our practices.

This declaration accomplishes the following:

  • Summarizes ethical principles that reflect our core values and establishes a set of specific ethical standards that should be used to guide our efforts.

  • Helps identify relevant considerations when professional obligations conflict or ethical uncertainties arise.

  • Provides ethical standards to which our community can hold us accountable.

  • Socializes practitioners new to the field to our mission, values, ethical principles, and ethical standards.

Further, the declaration of shared values does not specify which values, principles, and standards are most important and ought to outweigh others in instances when they conflict. Reasonable differences of opinion can and do exist among our community. We will work together to resolve those conflicts in ways that support and promote our common goal.

Our work and thinking will evolve over time. We will strive to include stakeholders from all over the world and we invite those interested to join us in working together to preserve the collective human record. Contact our group at comdigpres@googlegroups.com to ask questions and/or participate.

 

 

Difusión pública (Español)

11 de diciembre de 2017

Declaración de Preservación Digital de Valores Compartidos

Publicado por representantes de Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), Chronopolis, CLOCKSS, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), Digital Preservation Network (DPN), DuraSpace, Educopia/MetaArchive Cooperative, Stanford University - LOCKSS, Texas Digital Library (TDL), Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL).

La preservación digital combina políticas, estrategias y acciones que garantizan el acceso a contenido digital a lo largo del tiempo. Cuando tiene éxito, la preservación digital da como resultado un registro acumulativo de la acción y la memoria humanas.

Somos un grupo de organizaciones colaboradoras unidas en nuestro compromiso de preservar el registro cultural, intelectual, científico y académico para la generación actual y futura. Creemos que la preservación debe ser sostenible, asequible, práctica y disponible para todos. Brindamos servicios para el patrimonio cultural, investigación y comunidades académicas y para todo tipo de eruditos.

La misión de nuestro trabajo compartido está enraizada en un conjunto de valores centrales. Estos valores centrales informan y dirigen nuestro trabajo colectivo:

  • Colaboración - trabajamos juntos y favorecemos las tecnologías abiertas, pero colaboraremos con cualquier organización, incluidos los proveedores comerciales, que compartan los valores establecidos en esta declaración.

  • Asequibilidad - nos esforzamos por brindar servicios asequibles.

  • Disponibilidad - ofrecemos una variedad de servicios para todos, independientemente del tamaño institucional o la capacidad técnica.

  • Inclusividad - nos esforzamos por promover y adoptar prácticas inclusivas en las asociaciones que formamos, las colecciones que conservamos y las organizaciones a las que prestamos servicios.

  • Diversidad - desarrollamos e implementamos una variedad de plataformas y tecnologías para crear una red heterogénea que abarca diversos entornos geográficos, técnicos e institucionales.

  • Portabilidad/Interoperabilidad - reconocemos que la preservación digital implica mover datos a través de los sistemas y el tiempo. Diseñamos y mantenemos nuestros servicios para maximizar la facilidad con la que transferimos estos datos.

  • Transparencia/intercambio de información - compartimos abiertamente información sobre costos y tecnologías. Como parte de la misión cultural de la preservación digital, todos nos beneficiamos aprendiendo de las experiencias de los demás, tanto buenas como malas.

  • Responsabilidad - somos responsables entre nosotros y con la comunidad en general por el empleo de prácticas comerciales éticas y transparentes.

  • Continuidad de gestión - colaboraremos para ayudar a identificar nuevas ubicaciones para contenido en riesgo cuando una de las funciones de gestión de nuestra organización no pueda continuar.

  • Abogacía - nuestro objetivo es inspirar a las partes interesadas en todos los niveles para que participen, inviertan y mantengan la preservación de nuestro patrimonio cultural colectivo y nuestro historial académico.

  • Empoderamiento - alentamos el desarrollo de capacidades en nuestros socios, miembros y la comunidad de preservación digital en general para mantener nuestro objetivo compartido.

Propósito de la Declaración de Valores Compartidos

Los valores y ética profesional son el núcleo de nuestro trabajo y guían nuestras prácticas.

Este declaración de valores compartidos logra lo siguiente:

  • Resume los principios éticos que reflejan nuestros valores fundamentales y establece un conjunto de estándares éticos específicos que deberían utilizarse para guiar nuestros esfuerzos.

  • Ayuda a identificar consideraciones relevantes cuando las obligaciones profesionales entran en conflicto o surgen incertidumbres éticas.

  • Proporciona estándares éticos a los cuales nuestra comunidad puede hacernos responsables.

  • Socializa a los nuevos practicantes en el campo a nuestra misión, valores, principios éticos y estándares éticos.

Además, la declaración no especifica qué valores, principios y estándares son más importantes y deben superar a los demás en los casos en que entran en conflicto. Pueden existir diferencias razonables de opinión y de hecho existen entre nuestra comunidad. Trabajaremos juntos para resolver esos conflictos de forma que apoye y promueva nuestro objetivo común.

Nuestro trabajo y pensamiento evolucionan con el tiempo. Nos esforzaremos por incluir a partes interesadas de todo el mundo e invitamos a los interesados ​​a unirse a nosotros para trabajar juntos en la preservación del registro humano colectivo. Comuníquese con nuestro grupo en comdigpres@googlegroups.com para hacer preguntas y/o participar.

 

 

Communiqué (Français)

Le 11 décembre 2017

Déclaration sur les valeurs communes de la conservation numérique

Publié par des représentants de Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), Chronopolis, CLOCKSS, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), Digital Preservation Network (DPN), DuraSpace, Educopia/MetaArchive Cooperative, Stanford University — LOCKSS, Texas Digital Library (TDL), Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL).

La conservation numérique comprend les politiques, les stratégies et les mesures visant à assurer l’accès au contenu numérique au fil des ans. Une bonne conservation numérique permet de préserver la somme des témoignages de l’action et de la mémoire de l’humanité.

Nous formons un regroupement d’organisations qui collaborent dans le cadre de leur engagement à préserver les dossiers culturels, intellectuels, scientifiques et de recherche, pour les générations actuelles et futures. Nous sommes d’avis que la conservation doit être durable, abordable, pratique et accessible à tous. Nous offrons des services aux communautés vouées au patrimoine culturel ou à la recherche et aux communautés universitaires, ainsi qu’à divers chercheurs.

La mission de notre travail en collaboration est ancrée dans un ensemble de valeurs fondamentales, lesquelles éclairent et orientent ce travail :

  • Collaboration — Nous travaillons ensemble et nous préférons les technologies libres, mais nous collaborons avec tout type d’organisation, y compris les fournisseurs commerciaux, si leurs valeurs sont les mêmes que celles décrites dans le présent énoncé.

  • Abordabilité — Nous voulons que les services demeurent abordables.

  • Accessibilité — Nous donnons l’accès à divers services à tous, peu importe la taille de l’organisation ou les moyens techniques.

  • Inclusion — Nous cherchons à favoriser et adopter des pratiques inclusives dans les partenariats que nous formons, les collections que nous conservons et les organisations que nous servons.

  • Diversité — Nous développons et déployons de multiples plateformes et technologies pour étendre un réseau hétérogène à divers environnements géographiques, techniques et organisationnels.

  • Transférabilité et interopérabilité — Nous reconnaissons que la conservation numérique s’effectue en déplaçant des données dans le temps et dans divers systèmes. Nous concevons et actualisons nos services de façon à faciliter le déplacement de données.

  • Transparence et échange d’information — Nous communiquons ouvertement l’information relative aux coûts et aux technologies. Dans le cadre de la mission culturelle de conservation numérique, nous tirons tous des apprentissages des expériences des autres, les bonnes comme les moins bonnes.

  • Responsabilisation — Il nous incombe, face à nos pairs et à la collectivité, d’adopter des pratiques éthiques et transparentes.

  • Continuité de la gouvernance — Nous collaborerons afin de trouver de nouveaux lieux de conservation de contenu à risque si une de nos organisations ne peut plus le conserver.

  • Représentation — Nous cherchons à inspirer les intervenants de toutes les sphères à participer à la préservation du patrimoine culturel collectif et des dossiers universitaires, à y investir et à la soutenir.

  • Autonomisation — Dans l’optique d’atteindre notre but collectif, nous favorisons le renforcement des capacités de nos partenaires, des membres et de l’ensemble de la communauté de la conservation numérique.

Objet du déclaration sur les valeurs communes

Les valeurs et l'éthique professionnelle guide notre travail et nos pratiques.

Le présent déclaration sur les valeurs communes réalise ce qui suit :

  • Résume les principes éthiques que nos valeurs fondamentales sous-tendent et établit une série de normes d’éthique à l’aide desquelles orienter nos efforts.

  • Aide à reconnaître des aspects pertinents dont il faut tenir compte lorsque des obligations professionnelles se contredisent ou des doutes sont soulevés quant à l’éthique.

  • Fournit des normes d’éthique pour lesquelles nous devons rendre compte à la collectivité.

  • Informe les nouveaux professionnels dans le domaine de notre mission, nos valeurs, nos principes d’éthiques et nos normes d’éthiques.

D’autre part, le déclaration sur les valeurs communes ne précise pas quels sont les principes, les valeurs et les normes les plus importants qui devraient avoir plus de poids que les autres en cas de contradiction. Au sein de notre communauté, des divergences raisonnables se produisent, ce qui est tout à fait normal. Nous allons tenter ensemble de résoudre tout conflit de façon à soutenir et favoriser notre objectif commun.

Nos travaux et notre pensée évolueront au fil du temps. Nous cherchons à inclure des intervenants du monde entier et nous invitons ceux qui souhaiteraient se joindre à nous pour préserver le patrimoine documentaire de l’humanité. Pour toute question ou pour participer, veuillez communiquer avec le groupe à l’adresse comdigpres@googlegroups.com.

 

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