The NDSA Levels Steering Team is excited to announce the introduction of bi-monthly open office hours. In these informal sessions, we will welcome all members of the digital preservation community to chat about the NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation and ask
questions about their use and how to move forward. The sessions will also be used to gather community input on the future direction of the Levels and "next steps". To begin, each session will include an open discussion and a focused topic discussion.
The first one hour session is set for 20 April (1130 EST). The focused discussion for our first session will be the topic of Documentation and the Levels. Have you ever wondered how to document that you are giving “Level 3” care to a collection, for a donor,
senior manager, or other stakeholder? Do you want to demonstrate that your solution is capable of providing a certain Level of Preservation, depending on its implementation? Do you think that documentation is worthwhile - or not worthwhile - and want to discuss
the “whys”? Then this open office hour is for you! This session will delve into whether we should create a framework for documenting how an organization or solution achieves the Levels, which could be used for independent audit or verification. We will discuss
what such documentation could look like, and how it would relate to, or interconnect with, other documentation strategies in digital preservation. Discussion will also include possible methods to make documentation as simple as possible, so that the benefits
would outweigh the effort.
The second part of the meeting will be open questions and discussion. We are also crafting a list of future topics.
Connection details to follow closer to the event. Hope to see you there!