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Digital Preservation Services Collaborative

Digital Preservation Declaration of Shared Values

Digital Preservation Services Collaborative Declaration of Shared Values

Version 4 Revision: May 2022-November 2023

Published January 2024

The Digital Preservation Services Collaborative (DPSC) is an informal affinity group which formed in 2017. We are a group of collaborating organizations united in our commitment to preserve the cultural, intellectual, scientific and academic record for current and future generations. We came together because they agree that digital preservation is a cultural-heritage-wide challenge that is best accomplished together. Since 2017, the founding group has evolved into a loose collective of community-based digital preservation service providers who support a variety of digital preservation approaches. We are best known to have authored the 2018 Declaration of Shared Values, a document which provides standards to which our community can hold us accountable.

Digital preservation combines policies, strategies, and actions that ensure access to digital content over time. It is essential to the cumulative record of human activity and memory. We believe that preservation should be sustainable, affordable, practical, and available to all. Together, we can accomplish these goals better than going it alone. We provide services for the cultural heritage, research, and academic communities, and all kinds of users.

We embrace participation from communities reflective of the full range of human experience and strive to preserve the histories, cultures, experiences and perspectives of people of different genders, races, ethnicities, spiritual choices, sexual orientation or identity, physical or mental abilities, and places of origin.

The declaration of shared values does not specify which values, principles, and standards are most important and ought to outweigh others in instances when they conflict. Reasonable differences of opinion can and do exist among our community. We will work together to resolve those conflicts in ways that support and promote our common goal. The mission of our shared work is rooted in a set of core values. These core values inform and direct our collective work, and the bulleted statements below each value elaborate on the value itself and our collective intention:


We work together and collaborate with organizations and practitioners that share the values set out in this statement.

Affordability and Sustainability

We balance affordable services for the widest possible communities while sustaining the content we protect.


We strive to adopt and promote inclusive practices in the partnerships we form, the collections we preserve, and the organizations we serve.

Environment Heterogeneity

We develop and deploy a variety of platforms and technologies to create a heterogeneous network that spans diverse geographic, technical, and institutional environments.


We recognize that digital preservation involves moving data across systems and time. We design and maintain our services to maximize the integrity of the content and the ease by which we transfer it.

Openness and Transparency

We favor open technologies, standards, and protocols. We openly share information about costs and technologies.


We are responsible to each other and the broader community for employing ethical and transparent preservation practices.

Stewardship Continuity

We collaborate to help identify new locations for content when one of the undersigned organization’s stewardship cannot continue.


We aim to inspire collaborators at every level to engage, invest in, and sustain preserving our collective cultural heritage and academic record.


We encourage capacity-building in our partners, members, and the larger digital preservation community to sustain our shared goal.

Purpose of the Declaration of Shared Values

Values and professional ethics are at the core of our work and guide our practices.

This declaration of shared values accomplishes the following:

Our work and thinking will evolve over time. We will strive to include stakeholders from all over the world and we invite those interested to join us in working together to preserve the collective human record. Contact our group to ask questions and/or participate.

[Short Definition of Digital Preservation] ( by the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services, a Division of the American Library Association