Plea: put digital preservation back on the EU’s agenda

TIB contributes to petition initiated by the Open Preservation Foundation

In a plea to the European Commission, the Open Preservation Foundation urges the EU to restore digital preservation in future calls for EU funding. OPF is an international foundation that sustains technology and knowledge for the long-term management of digital cultural heritage.

The plea’s requests at a glance:

  • Digital preservation needs to be put back on the funding agenda

  • Sustainable networks need to be established to (further) develop preservation tools and processes, encompassing all levels

  • Digital preservation needs to be an integral part of all Horizon 2020 projects by having to provide information about the digital preservation of the research results.

Employees from the following organisations were involved in drawing up the petition: the AIT Austrian Institute of Te, the British Library (BL), the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), the National Library of the Netherlands (KB), the National Archives of the Netherlands (NANETH), the National Library of Portugal (BNP), Poznan Supercomputing Centre (PSNC) and the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) ‒ German National Library of Science and Technology.

“It is important that the EU promotes digital preservation because tomorrow’s research is based on today’s data. The sustainability of EU-funded projects can only be ensured by making research results available in the long term,” explained Thomas Bähr, Head of Preservation and Digital Preservation at TIB.

More information about digital preservation at TIB