Dear NDSA Community,

It is now Spring. Already it has been a big year for the National Digital
Stewardship Alliance, and the next nine months promise much more. In
partnership with our new host, the Digital Library Federation
<>, NDSA has renewed its public face, streamlined the
membership process, welcomed a number of new members to the organization,
and launched community projects.  We are writing to provide an update on
events and activities, and to call for your participation in NDSA
leadership, activities, and events.

At the beginning of the year NDSA renewed its public presence and


   The new NDSA Website ( has been released, presenting
   information about the organization, membership, resources, and activities.

   The community wiki has been refreshed and made newly open to for public
   view (

   Community mailing lists have been updated, and are available for
   subscription (

   Our Social Media channels, such as Twitter (@NDSA2
   <>) and various DLF feeds, are actively
   highlighting a stream of activities in the NDSA and digital preservation

Building on these improvements, membership applications and renewals are
now being streamlined:


   There is a new lightweight membership form available on the website (

   NDSA has welcomed seven new members this year:  James Madison
   University; The Modern Language Association; Digital Bedrock; Digital
   Preservation Network; Gates Archive; Purchase College Library; and Bryn
   Mawr College, with several additional applications in the pipeline

   Current members should have received calls to renew their contact
   information and reaffirm their commitment to NDSA’s values and principles

The NDSA community is now leading a number of activities for this year:


   The third Web Archiving survey successfully collected information
   organizations across the globe  -- results will be presented later this
   year (

   Digital Preservation 2016 ( will be
   held November 9-10, in conjunction with the DLF Forum (November 7-9) in
   Milwaukee ( Many NDSA members
   have joined the program committee. CFPs for both #digipres16 and the
   #DLFforum are open until May 15th!

   In conjunction with Digital Preservation 2016, we are planning to update
   the National Agenda for Digital Preservation; expect a call for
   participation later this spring.

   The Innovation Working group has started planning for this year’s Digital
   Preservation Innovation Awards; and NDSA will, later this year, announce
   calls for nomination for the next series of Digital Preservation

New opportunities for leadership and participation.


   Coordinating committee elections. Several members of the coordinating
   committee will be completing their terms this year. Expect a call later
   this month for nominations!

   We are currently finalizing a model for streamlining the process for
   creating and participating in NDSA interest and working groups. If you
   have an interest in starting a group to discuss a new topic please feel
   free to e-mail NDSA-all or talk directly with a current working group

   The NDSA coordinating committee is developing a set of community
   guidelines and Code of Conduct. Expect a call for public input soon.

   Call for working group coordinators. Several NDSA working group chairs
   have come to the end of their terms or will be rotating off shortly. We
   thank them for their service, and now invite volunteers to step forward to
   lead or join the leadership teams of any of our existing groups: http:// <> Feel free to
   contact existing chairs for more info.

We encourage everyone to submit proposals to Digital Preservation 2016; to
join a Working Group as member or volunteer coordinator; and to nominate
yourself or colleagues for the upcoming Coordinating Committee Elections.
And if you haven’t already, please follow @NDSA2 on Twitter, put November 9
-10 on your calendar for Digital Preservation 2016, and send your updated
contact information to [log in to unmask]

Very Best,

Micah Altman &  Bethany Nowviskie

On behalf of the NDSA Coordinating Committee
Micah Altman, Ph.D. <>           Twitter:
Director of Research -- MIT Libraries; Head/Scientist, Program on
Information Science
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
My pronouns are: he / him
"Entia non sunt multiplicanda sine necessitate" - Doctor Invincibilis
(Corollary, "Ad indicia spectate.")


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