- Should our organization join the NDSA?
- How can my organization check the status of our application?
- What commitment is expected if my organization joins the NDSA?
- What are the benefits of joining the NDSA?
- Does the NDSA providing funding?
- Which working groups are right for my organization?
- How do we join a specific working group?
- Can individuals switch to a different working group?
- Can member organizations participate in more than one working group?
- How do members access NDSA listservs?
- How do members use the NDSA wiki?
- I just joined the NDSA. How can I get involved?
- Who are the NDSA Working Group Co-Chairs?
If your organization has an active digital preservation program and wants to work with other experts in the field, yes, your organization should join the NDSA. Consortia, non profits, commercial entities and international organizations are all welcome to apply for membership or join as an Affiliate. At this time, individuals are not eligible to join the NDSA. Please see the membership packet (PDF, 94 KB) for more information about the values and principles of the NDSA.
It is expected that members actively engage in digital stewardship and share their lessons learned and practical knowledge about ensuring long term access to digital materials. Working Groups are the primary mechanism through which the NDSA accomplishes its goals. Participation in working group conference calls and projects can take anywhere from two to seven hours a month. There are no fees associated with joining the NDSA.
Members have a direct contact with experts in digital stewardship and an opportunity to affect national digital stewardship strategy and initiatives. Participation in NDSA Working Group products provides practical benefit to local programs and shared results. All NDSA members receive access to listservs, wikis and other shared resources.
The answer is going to depend on what exactly your organizations goals and needs are. It is generally best to try and match the right people in your organization with the right working group. For example, developers, and IT staff and administrators are a great fit for the Infrastructure working group, where individuals in marketing and communications are a great fit for the Outreach working group. It is best to think about what your organizations strengths are and work from there. In general, the more directly the working groups mission fits with the nature of the individuals participating from member organizations the more that both the NDSA and the working group benefit.
When organizations join the NDSA the individuals they identify which working groups they would like to join and identify which individuals they want to participate in those groups. Once a organization joins those individuals are added to the working group listservs and given access to the NDSA wiki. Individuals at member organizations can also join other groups at any point. To join a particular working group contact email@example.com, mention what member organization you represent and make your request.
Yes, individuals associated with member organizations can change working groups at any point. We realize that as the work evolves, members may find themselves in the "wrong" group. Contact a Working Group Co-Chair if you have questions about switching working groups.
Yes, the NDSA encourages participation on multiple working groups. In most cases, it is best to have different individuals from a member organization participate in different working groups. Ideally, the work of the working group will be a direct and natural fit for the nature of the group they participate in.
The NDSA does not provide funding for projects (some member organizations do though) or build tools and infrastructure (some member organizations do though).
NDSA has several email lists for sharing information and coordinating activities. The lists are private, so only subscribers may post messages and access the archives. To subscribe to one or more of the lists below, send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NDSA has a wiki to provide information about current activities and facilitate the work of the coordinating committee and working groups: http://www.loc.gov/extranet/wiki/osi/ndiip/ndsa/index.php. Editing privileges are reserved for members, who may request a username and password from email@example.com.
We are thrilled that you've joined the NDSA! There are many ways you can get involved. Check out the New Member Orientation and Resources page for information and tips about where to start.
Each working group has two chairs, or co-chairs. One chair is from a member organization and the other co-chair is from the Library of Congress. Below are the current co-chairs and their content information.Content Working Group Co-Chairs: Cathy Hartman, University of North Texas - Cathy dot Hartman at unt dot edu; and Abbie Grotke, Library of Congress - abgr at loc dot gov
Infrastructure Working Group Co-Chairs: Karen Cariani, WGBH - ; Trevor Owens, Library of Congress - trow at loc dot gov
Innovation Working Group Co-Chairs: Jefferson Bailey, Internet Archive- jefferson at archive dot org; Trevor Owens, Library of Congress - trow at loc dot gov ; Jane Mandelbaum, Library of Congress - jman at loc dot gov
Outreach Working Group Co-Chairs: Carol Minton Morris, DuraSpace - cmmorris at fedora-commons dot org ; and Butch Lazorchak, Library of Congress - wlaz at loc dot gov
Standards Working Group Co-Chairs: Andrea Goethals, Harvard University - andrea_goethals at harvard dot edu; Kate Murray, Library of Congress - kmur at loc dot gov
Have a general question? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.