Libraries+ Network Meeting
May 8-9, 2017 - Washington, D.C.

On May 8 and 9, representatives from research libraries, the open data community, government agencies, researchers, and other key stakeholders convened in Washington, DC at New America to discuss and plan for the long-term preservation and access of federally produced data.

Photo by Alex Howard

Photo by Alex Howard

The simplest way to frame the problem from our perspective is that we lack a systematic means to discover, document, download, preserve, and make accessible trustworthy copies of born-digital federal information. At this meeting we aimed to cast a wide net over the problem space and sought new ideas to address our current challenges. This meeting began building community and rapport among the participants and helped us all share our knowledge so that we can collectively understand the problem better and begin the process of identifying realistic solutions.

To maintain a balance of voices from the different sectors,  the meeting was invitation only. However, we want and need the larger community to be involved in this project: Long-term success requires all of us. We held a pre-meeting informational webinar on April 19 to share current activities and plans from the May meeting, as well as invite questions and feedback from our community. The recordings of the presentations on May 8 & 9 are available, as well as our notes, and we'll soon be reaching back out to the community in a post-meeting blog entry. Diverse voices from all parts of our community are important and we will be engaging more broadly going forward.

The meeting had representatives from the following organizations:

  • Academic Preservation Trust
  • Association of Research Libraries
  • Azevea
  • California Digital Library
  • Center for Open Science
  • dat project
  • data.gov
  • Dataverse
  • Department of Energy
  • Digital Library Federation
  • Digital Preservation Network
  • ESRI
  • Georgetown University
  • Government Publishing Office
  • HathiTrust
  • ICPSR
  • Internet Archive
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Library of Congress
  • Mozilla Foundation
  • National Humanities Center Library
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • New America Foundation
  • New York University
  • Office of the Federal CIO/IMLS
  • Open Data Enterprise
  • Oregon Health and Science University
  • Penn State
  • Research Data Alliance 
  • Sloan Foundation
  • Social Science Research Council
  • Society for American Archivists
  • SPARC
  • Stanford Libraries
  • Sunlight Foundation
  • Temple University Libraries
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • University of California-Davis
  • University of Maryland Libraries
  • University of Michigan Libraries
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Virginia Tech

DataRefuge is excited to be expanding our efforts and bringing in institutions, but we remain committed to supporting individuals who want to get involved in this project at any level. We also continue to support the amazing work of DataRefuge Storytellers.