October 11, 2022

The DPSC Planning Project is Recruiting Stakeholders

The DPSC Planning Project is recruiting up to 30 individuals to serve on two stakeholder groups: the Service User Group and the Advisory Board. These stakeholders will serve as important sources of user requirements and expertise as we plan a robust service model for values-driven, community-supported distributed digital preservation.

Service User Group (up to 20 members)

The Service User Group will consist of (1) practitioners with hands-on digital preservation experience and (2) decision-makers at organizations with a basic knowledge of digital preservation. These stakeholders should be interested in seeing the development of a robust service model for values-driven, community-supported distributed digital preservation. They will be a critical source of input for the project, participating in surveys and interviews during Requirements Gathering. Service User Group criteria and expectations include:

  • Must be willing to attend two 75-90 min meetings and a half-day virtual forum in November 2023
  • Must be willing to participate in surveys and interviews during Requirements Gathering
  • Must be willing to reserve 1-2 hours prior to each meeting to the in-depth review of documentation and proposals
  • Must be interested in seeing development of a robust service model for values-driven, community-supported distributed digital preservation
  • Must be either a practitioner with hands-on digital preservation experience or a decision-maker at an organization with basic knowledge of digital preservation concepts and practice
  • Must represent one or more of the primary Service User Group competencies:
    • Organizations that already use the services offered by project partners (no more than 50%)
    • Organizations that are currently in relationships with for-profit vendors
    • Organizations for whom digital preservation may currently be out of reach, including small- and mid-sized cultural heritage organizations and community archives
  • Overall composition goals for the Service User Group:
    • Must be at least 30% practitioners
    • Must be at least 30% organizational decision-makers
  • We are seeking to achieve broad and balanced representation across both stakeholder groups. We believe that traditional recruitment practices disproportionately impact the most marginalized people in society in negative ways, including people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQIA people. Because we believe that collective action is most powerful in creating change when it is informed by many different lived experiences, we strongly encourage expressions of interest from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

Express your interest in serving on the Service User Group here: https://forms.gle/KKQSSuK9ZFFz4DN76

Advisory Board (up to 10 members)

The Advisory Board will be charged with reviewing project documentation, proposals, and deliverables and asking the hard questions of the project team in terms of assumptions and data underlying decision-making & prioritization, capacity, representation, fiscal stewardship, and management of the service. Advisory Board criteria and expectations include:

  • Must be willing to attend a quarterly 75-90 min meeting and a half-day virtual forum in November 2023
  • Must be willing to reserve 1-2 hours per month or quarter to the in-depth review of documentation and proposals
  • Must be interested in seeing development of a robust service model for values-driven, community-supported distributed digital preservation
  • Must represent one or more of the primary Board competencies:
    • Fundraising
    • Business Development (including ability to help with market analysis)
    • Library Administration & Digital Curation Professional, including Representation from Community-based Archives
      Values-Driven, Community-Supported Distributed Digital Preservation Services
    • Innovative Digital Preservation Projects/Programs
    • Technical Expertise
  • We are seeking to achieve broad and balanced representation across both stakeholder groups. We believe that traditional recruitment practices disproportionately impact the most marginalized people in society in negative ways, including people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQIA people. Because we believe that collective action is most powerful in creating change when it is informed by many different lived experiences, we will be actively recruiting people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

Recruitment for the Advisory Board will be conducted by invitation only.

About the DPSC Planning Project

Educopia Institute is partnering with six members of the Digital Preservation Services Collaborative (APTrust, Chronopolis, CLOCKSS, LYRASIS, MetaArchive, and Texas Digital Library) to articulate the need for values-driven, community-supported distributed digital preservation service options and to propose a service model for collaboration that ensures the authority, sustainability, and viability of these options. This service model will delineate where partners could combine service efforts and/or remain independent for the sake of a variety of organizational and content needs, distributed digital preservation good practice, efficiency, and sustainability at the field level.