Greetings Digital Stewardship Colleagues,

The deadline for submitting your SPN Participation Agreement prior to the launch of SPN’s 2-year, seed-funded cultivation period is this Friday, December 14, 2018 close of business. Through the financial support of your organization, SPN will continue “Saving Software Together.”

UNPACKING THE 1201 EXEMPTION FOR SOFTWARE PRESERVATION - NEW GUIDE: As many of you know, SPN received an exemption to Section 1201 from the US Copyright Office for software preservation by libraries, archives, and museums. In collaboration with the Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic (Kee Young Lee and Kendra Albert), we’ve produced A Preservationist’s Guide to the DMCA Exemption for Software Preservation, which contains both a basic checklist as well as a more in-depth explainer of what the exemption covers and when it can be used. We also provide a link to a Community Feedback Form to begin documenting practices that will help us to renew and possibly expand the exemption in 3 years.

WINTER SOFTWARE CURATION/PRESERVATION COMMUNITY FORUM: Tomorrow, Tuesday, Dec 11 is the Winter Software Curation/Preservation Community Forum. These community forums bring together colleagues across professional and disciplinary communities to participate in an hour-long discussion on topics related to software curation, preservation, and reuse. Join the SPN Listserv to receive calendar invites and call-in instructions for the quarterly community forums.

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.

Warm appreciation to all of the organizations that have invested in SPN's future by becoming members - we look forward to working with you in 2019!

Sustaining Members
Computer History Museum
Cornell University
Duke University
Georgia Tech
Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Living Computer Museums + Labs
Penn State University
Stanford University
Texas Tech University
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
University of Texas at Austin
University of Virginia
Yale University

Supporting Members
New York University
University of Arizona

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 preservation webinar series, and a software preservation research scan (stay tuned for service provider survey and 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. Review the SPN Prospectus (attached) for more detail on our activities and our plans for the proposed two year ramp-up period.

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]>, CC Caitlin Perry <[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 - enjoy an inspired start to your week.

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

Jessica Meyerson
Research Program Officer
Educopia Institute

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