The NDSA created
its landmark Levels
of Preservation, Version 1.0, in 2013. You can read the original explanation
for why we created the Levels here.
As many of you know, the Levels document was meant to be adapted as new preservation solutions and strategies emerged. You have told us the Levels need to be updated and we have heard you.
The NDSA proposes
to launch a Levels of Preservation Working Group
whose primary task will be to provide the methodology by which this important document can be adapted more readily—taking in the broadest possible feedback in the process. How is this different than the other NDSA Working Groups? We will not limit this group
to NDSA members, though we will strongly encourage everyone to participate. The preliminary charge for this group will be:
actively engaged in adapting the Levels
Cast a wide
net for those willing to engage in updating the current version
Create a methodology
by which disparate approaches can be fully vetted and harmonized into Version 2.0 of the Levels
Devise an ongoing
strategy by which the Levels can be adapted on a regular basis.
Bradley for the NDSA Coordinating Committee