Hi folks,

I'm Martin Halbert, Dean of Libraries at the University of North Texas.  I wear a couple of NDSA hats.  UNT is one of the founding members of the NDSA and a long time web archiving institution, dating back to the founding of the Cyber Cemetery for defunct government websites that UNT created years ago.  I am also the president of the Educopia nonprofit that operates the MetaArchive network for cultural memory organizations, one of the first NDIIPP programs.  I look forward to working with you in coming months.  

Best regards,

Martin Halbert, PhD, MLIS
Dean of Libraries and Associate Professor

University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle #305190, Denton, TX, 76203
(ph)    940-565-3025   (web)

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From: The NDSA infrastructure working group list [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Johnston, Leslie
Sent: Monday, August 30, 2010 2:20 PM
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Subject: [NDSA-INFRASTRUCTURE] Welcome to the NDSA Infrastructure Working Group

We're pleased that you've signed up as a Founding Member of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance. The NDSA is a collaborative effort among government agencies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and businesses to preserve a distributed national digital collection for the benefit of citizens now and in the future.

There are 5 NDSA working groups: Content; Standards and Practices; Infrastructure; Innovation; and Outreach. You've signed up for the Outreach Working group, but you're welcome to participate in others.

I'm Leslie Johnston, the Library of Congress co-chair for the Infrastructure working group. Each working group will have 2 co-chairs, one from the NDSA community and one from the Library of Congress.  We will be identifying the NDSA community co-chairs in the near future.

While the over-arching NDSA organizational structure is being established (with your participation), the LC working group co-chairs wanted to get the ball rolling by introducing ourselves and starting the conversation.

The first order of business is to make sure you are the appropriate person from your institution signed up for the Outreach working group. Organizations can have multiple participants across any of the working groups, and your institution can change participants at any time if a particular working group is not a good fit. If you need to make any changes to your participants in the Outreach Working Group, please contact me directly at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

The second thing we'd like to do is to get a better sense of the participants who are on this list and interested in the Outreach Working Group.  I invite you to post a quick message to say hello, introduce yourselves and tell us a little about what brought you to this Working Group.

I'll start:

I'm the Manager for Technical Architecture Initiatives in the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. That's a long way of saying that I work with the partnerships and projects that are building software and infrastructure in support of digital preservation. I'm new to NDIIPP, but not new to the Library or to the digital library community.  My job is both outward facing (working with partners) and inward facing, where I manage a team that supports digital preservation efforts at the Library.

I look forward to hearing from all of you!

Leslie Johnston
Manager of Technical Architecture Initiatives
National Digital Information Infrastructure & Preservation Program
Library of Congress
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