2022 Update from the Levels of Digital Preservation Steering Group

What happened with the Levels in 2021?

Like many of us, a free recall of what we accomplished in 2021 was a bit harder than expected. However, here is a brief list:

  • The Teaching, Advocacy, and Outreach group finalized their materials and published to OSF for anyone to use (see their blog post for more information)
  • Multiple presentations to various groups interested in the Levels
  • Discussing and responding to feedback provided to us in our feedback form
  • Regular Steering Meetings (seems simple but you know, 2021…)


Looking ahead

We have a lot on our collective plates for 2022. Here is a brief list of what is top of mind for the Steering Group:

  • Create bi-monthly office hours for anyone interested in the Levels of Digital Preservation (NDSA members and beyond!) to drop in and discuss a given topic as well as general business, guest speakers, collaboration updates, etc.
  • Explore interest in specific Levels expansion sets via public office hours
    • Economic factors
    • Risk
    • Environmental impacts
    • Access
  • Formalize governance structure for Steering and various subgroups
  • Continue to track and parse impact of the Levels as well as gather feedback.


Levels in Translation

Also, we are proud to update you on the multi-lingual progress of the Levels. To date, there are translations in Arabic, Finnish, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish. This is an amazing indicator of community engagement and use of the Levels. If you are working on a translation, let us know!


Levels Invitation: Join us

Finally, as we are looking ahead to the work we note above, we would like to extend an invitation to join the Levels of Digital Preservation Steering Group. We hope to match up expertise and creativity with some of the elements we have identified for exploration in 2022. We have created a brief submission form for you to indicate interest and outline the role you would like to play in helping us shape the next iteration.

Thank you to all of you who continue to use, adapt, and promote the NDSA Levels – this is a community standard – one which needs to remain both vibrant and useful to the digital preservation community. We rely on you to help us. If there is anything you think we need to dive into, please use the form or plan on joining one of our office hour sessions. Those should start up in the Spring so keep an eye out!

Just a reminder that we continue to accept feedback – please use this to reach out to the team or give us your thoughts!


Bradley Daigle, Chair

On behalf of the Levels Steering Group


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