External collaboration

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We work with many expert communities outside the British Library.

We work with the wider preservation and digital cultural heritage communities.

We recognise the scale of the challenges, and the benefits in pooling resources with other experts and leading organisations in order to meet our business needs.

Our current engagements

Digital Preservation Coalition

The Digital Preservation Coalition is a not-for-profit membership organisation founded in 2001 to help organisations preserve their digital memory. It enables members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital collections and raising awareness of the attendant strategic, cultural and technological challenges they face.

The Library was a founding member of the DPC alongside other major organisations such as the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and the Wellcome Trust Library. The Library is a full member and has a seat on the Executive Board, helping to steer and govern the direction of the DPC to faciliate growth, sustainability and ongoing relevance in a rapidly changing environment. It now has over 80 members worldwide delivering benefits to those members such as identifying and developing good practice and raising awareness of the digital preservation challenges.

Open Preservation Foundation

The Open Preservation Foundation membership organisation founded in 2010. It provides members with reliable solutions to the challenges of digital preservation through technology stewardship and knowledge exchange, as well as advocacy and alliances. The British Library is a founding member and currently has a Vice Chairman on its Executive Board. This gives us a strategic role in ensuring OPF growth and allows the Library to benefit from the tools and services they develop including JHOVE and veraPDF.

BitCurator Consortium

The BitCurator Consortium is an independent membership association that provides a network of support for BitCurator users in exploring and applying forensics approaches and solutions to their digital collections. Again, the Library is a founding member with a seat on the Executive Council providing a role to plan and steer the strategy of the group and the use of the digital forensic tools they develop.


UNESCO Persist is a project under the UNESCO Memory of the World programme. Its aim is to ensure long-term access to the digital heritage by facilitating development of effective policies, sustainable technical approaches, and best preservation practices. The Library is a member of the Policy and Technology Working Groups.