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The Digital Preservation Team works collaboratively with the wider preservation and digital cultural heritage communities. We recognise the scale of the challenge faced, and the benefits in pooling resources with other experts and leading organisations in order to meet our business needs.

National and international preservation projects

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SCAPE (SCAlable Preservation Environments)

An EU co-funded project to develop scalable services for planning and execution of institutional preservation strategies on an open source platform that orchestrates semi-automated workflows for large-scale, heterogeneous collections of complex digital objects.


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APARSEN (Alliance Permanent Access to the Records of Science in Europe Network)

A Network of Excellence co-funded by the EU that aims to bring together an extremely diverse set of practitioner organisations and researchers, exploiting our diversity by building a long-lived Virtual Centre of Excellence for Digital Preservation.


SPRUCE (Sustainable PReservation Using Community Engagement)

A Jisc–funded initiative to foster a vibrant and self-supporting community of digital preservation practitioners via a mixture of online interaction and face to face events.

Memberships & Committees

The British Library is a founding member of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and the Open Preservation Foundation (OPF). Our web archiving unit is active in the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC). The Library is represented on the programme committees of the International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) and the iPres conference, which the Library hosted in 2008.

Previous collaborative projects 

  • AQuA (2011)
  • POCOS (2009-2011)
  • Planets (2006-2010)
  • LIFE: LIFE 1 (2005-2006), LIFE 2 (2007-2008),  LIFE 3 (2009-2010)
  • InSPECT (2007-2009)
  • Preserv: Preserv 1 (2005-2007), Preserv 2 (2007-2009)
  • EVIE (2004-2007)

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