Greetings Digital Stewardship Colleagues,

Since 2015, the Software Preservation Network (SPN) has worked to create a space where organizations from industry, academia, government, cultural heritage, and the public sphere can contribute their skills and capabilities toward collaborative solutions that will ensure persistent access to all software and all software-dependent objects. A dedicated and growing community of practice has formed around SPN as a platform to align project-based and programmatic efforts in software preservation.

To date, the resources we offer have been built through grant funding and the volunteer efforts of staff from dozens of organizations. Examples of those resources include a bi-monthly newsletter on all things software preservation, U.S. Copyright Office 1201 exemption to preserve software, software metadata crosswalk, software preservation webinar series, and a software preservation research scan (stay tuned for the research toolkit in 2019). Our affiliated projects include Fostering a Community of Practice: Software Preservation and Emulation Experts in Libraries and Archives (FCoP), Scaling Emulation and Software Preservation Infrastructure (EaaSI), and Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation.

If you value the work we have completed to date, and if you would like to see SPN continue to build our collective capacity for software preservation through research, advocacy, and educational programming, then please consider supporting us for the next two years.

We are requesting financial support for a two-year start-up period to scale SPN's services and operations. The deadline for submitting Participation Agreements is December 14, 2018. If we are able to garner adequate support between now and December 14, SPN will officially launch as a member/sponsor-funded community on January 1, 2019. Through the financial support of your organization, SPN will be able to continue working toward our goal of “Saving Software, Together”.

SPN recognizes that 1) it takes time to receive internal approval and signatures and the holidays complicate that timeline a bit and 2) invoicing needs and fiscal year planning cycles vary among institutions so we can work with each institution to accommodate their invoicing needs.

If your organization can commit to signing on for two year ramp-up period (2019 - 2021) before December 14th, we can work with you regarding the administrative hurdles of invoicing after the fact. We would, however, include your organization’s name in the list of signatories/participating members in weekly reminders to listservs about joining SPN (between now and Dec 14).

To support SPN, please complete the attached Participation Agreement and send to Jessica Meyerson <[log in to unmask]>. All questions (regarding invoicing schedules, countersigned copies of the agreement, and more) can also be sent to Jessica Meyerson.

Thank you all - enjoyed an inspired start to your week.

Kind Regards,
Jessica Meyerson (on behalf of the Software Preservation Network)

Jessica Meyerson
Research Program Officer
Educopia Institute

Working from Austin, TX | 512-864-4575

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