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Founded in 2010, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), an outgrowth of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), is a collaborative effort among government agencies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and businesses to preserve a distributed national digital collection for the benefit of citizens now and in the future. The purpose of the Alliance is to create and sustain a national network of trusted partners to collect, preserve, and ensure long-term access to a national collection of digital content of value to Congress and the American people.

The NDSA comprises over 150 members. These members come from 45 states and include universities, consortia, professional societies, commercial businesses, professional associations, and government agencies at the federal, state, and local level. NDSA organizations have proven themselves committed to long‐term preservation of digital information. Together, these institutions have contributed over 10,000 hours of expertise to NDSA projects.

The Alliance's functions are sixfold:

  1. Build and sustain a national digital collection, a rich and diverse record of the national experience and information vital to the nation.
  2. Support collaboration among Alliance member organizations and affiliates.
  3. Identify, develop, and maintain services, standards, best practices, and sustainable business models of direct benefit to the Alliance.
  4. Facilitate the development of a networked technical infrastructure, tools, and storage capacity for the Alliance.
  5. Ensure the advancement of digital preservation science and technologies by encouraging research and development.
  6. Foster an environment that supports long-term access to digital content through education, advocacy, and encouragement of sound public information policies.

Working groups[]

NDSA has established five Working Groups focusing on the following areas of digital preservation: