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In preparing for a thing on digital preservation last week, I tried to put together a list of all the great resources that are available from past and present research projects. That was surprisingly difficult to do! But I thought if I found it useful, others might too.

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Its not only not guaranteed to be comprehensive, its almost sure to be not comprehensive. Let me know what is missing!


(not guaranteed to be comprehensive!)


Project Name Project Topic Dates website
CEDARS CURL (Consortium of University Research Libraries) Exemplars in Digital Archives 1998-2002
ERPANET Electronic Resource Preservation and Network 2002-2004
CASPAR Cultural Artistic and Scientific Knowledge for Preservation, Access and Retrieval 2005-2009
Digital Preservation Testbed Dutch National Archives initiative as part of PLANETS 2006-2010
PLANETS Preservation and Long Term Access through Networked Service 2006-2010
OPEN PLANETS FOUNDATION Successor to Planets 2010-2014
OPEN PRESERVATION FOUNDATION Successor to Open Planets Foundation 2014-
SCAPE Scaleable Preservation Environments 2010-2014
KEEP Keeping Emulation Environments Portable 2009-2012
TIMBUS Timeless Business Processes and Services 2010-2014
Wf4ever challenges associated to the preservation of scientific experiments in data-intensive science 2010-2014
4C Collaboration to clarify the costs of curation 2012-2014
AQuA Automating Quality Assurance(datasets, training) 2011
E-ARK (European Archival Records and Knowledge Preservation) ongoing
PERICLES Promoting and Enhancing Reuse of Information throughout the Content Lifecycle taking account of Evolving Semantics ongoing
FORGET IT combines three new concepts to ease the adoption of preservation in the personal and organizational context ongoing



UK specific – mainly JISC funded

Project Name Project Topic Dates website
CEDARS CURL (Consortium of University Research Libraries) Exemplars in Digital Archives(metadata) 1998-2002
PARADIGM Personal Archives Accessible in Digital Media 2007-2008
SCARP Sharing Curation and Reuse 2007-2009
INSPECT Investigating Significant Properties of Electronic Documents 2007-2009
SPRUCE Sustainable Preservation using Community Engagement 2011-2013



Project Name Project Topic Dates website
University of FreibergBwFLA Emulation as a Service ongoing
NESTOR German Competence Network for digital preservation ongoing


US: (less research projects per se, more institutional initiatives or leaders)

Project Name Project Topic Dates website
Library of Congress Digital Preservation
NIIPP National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program
NDSA National Digital Stewardship Alliance
CLIR Council on Library and Information Resources
National Archives and Records Administration Alliance with San Diego Supercomputer Centre 2006 (research on grids)SDCC went to University of North Carolina….
PoWRR Preserving Digital Objects with restricted resources(workshops, training) 2012-2016


About the author:

Barbara Reed is a Director of Recordkeeping Innovation. She has been involved in digital preservation with a recordkeeping perspective.