RESOURCE: Staffing for Effective Digital Preservation: An NDSA Report

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance Standards (NDSA) and Practices Working Group have released “Staffing for Effective Digital Preservation: An NDSA Report,” a survey of 85 institutions with a mandate to preserve digital content. The questions focused on staffing and organization, and some of the key findings include:

  • There is no dedicated digital preservation department in most organizations surveyed.
  • Images and text files are the most common types of content being preserved.
  • Most organizations are retraining existing staff to manage digital preservation functions rather than hiring new staff.
  • For new hires, respondents believe that passion for digital preservation and a knowledge of digital preservation standards, best practices, and tools are the most important characteristics of a good digital preservation manager, not a particular educational background or past work experience.

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