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COPPUL Digital Stewardship Network (CDSN) Steering Committee

The COPPUL Digital Stewardship Network (CDSN) builds capacity for digital preservation at COPPUL member institutions. We help our members preserve, manage, and provide access to unique digital collections by:

  • Offering a world-class suite of technology, infrastructure, and services
  • Creating a vibrant community of practice 
  • Increasing awareness among a wide range of stakeholders
  • Offering educational and professional development opportunities 
  • Collaborating with allied organizations across Canada and the world

CDSN Steering Committee

The CDSN Steering Committee is responsible for overseeing this critically important initiative by providing expert guidance and strategic insight to the CDSN Coordinator, Executive Director, and the Board.

Membership as of August 2019 is:

  • Hongxing Geng, Associate University Librarian for Library & Scholarly Resources, Athabasca University
  • Ben Hyman, University Librarian, Vancouver Island University
  • Mark Jordan, Associate Dean of Libraries, Digital Strategy, Simon Fraser University
  • Valla McLean, University Archivist and Humanities Librarian, MacEwan University
  • Todd Mundle, University Librarian, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Gabrielle Prefontaine, Dean of the Library, University of Winnipeg
  • Jenny Seeman, Manager, Archives, Royal Roads University
  • Bronwen Sprout, Head of Library Digital Programs and Services, University of British Columbia
  • Dale Storie, Associate University Librarian, Content Management and Discover, University of Regina
  • COPPUL Executive Director (ex officio)
  • COPPUL Digital Preservation Coordinator (ex officio)

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CDSN's Peer Services Working Group (CDSN-PSWG)

As part of a larger strategy to increase digital preservation capacity for individual members, the Peer Services Working Group (PSWG) has been tasked with creating formal mechanisms to connect peer organizations at similar or complementary stages of digital preservation readiness. These mechanisms will allow organizations to share experiences, review documentation, and exchange real-world strategies in a structured way, thereby increasing preservation capacity through collaboration.

 The Peer Services Working Group will:

  • Create and maintain formal mechanisms to match COPPUL organizations at similar or complementary stages of digital preservation readiness.
  • Create and maintain best-practice guidelines to structure effective exchanges among peers, including scope of activities, communication mechanisms, and follow-up procedures.
  • Create and maintain procedures to review organization-specific preservation-related documentation as requested by individual COPPUL members.

Membership as of August 2019 is:

  • Valla MacLean, Humanities Librarian and University Archivist, MacEwan University
  • Janice Banser, Digital & Web Services Librarian, Simon Fraser University
  • Allan Gergel, Supervisor, Information Systems, University of Lethbridge
  • Mimi Lam, Librarian, Digital Projects, University of British Columbia
  • COPPUL Digital Preservation Coordinator (ex officio)

For more information, see the CDSN-PSWG Terms of Reference.

CDSN's Preservation Storage Advisory Group (CDSN-PSAG)

At COPPUL we believe that it takes a community to tackle the grand challenges associated with preserving digital information for future generations, and through our investments in the COPPUL Digital Stewardship Network (CDSN), we help build and support community-based digital preservation infrastructure in the region and across the country.

As part of our commitment to community, we've formed the COPPUL Preservation Storage Advisory Group to oversee our efforts in the critical area of preservation storage services and infrastructure. This important group will advise the CDSN on:

  • Long-term strategies for the development, positioning and use of the WestVault preservation storage service
  • The development of new preservation storage services
  • Opportunities to integrate preservation storage services with other digital research infrastructure
  • Opportunities to align and integrate with other preservation storage services
  • Funding opportunities for developing or enhancing preservation storage infrastructure within COPPUL, and in partnership with other organizations
  • Developments in storage systems that may impact COPPUL services
  • The possible impact of commercial cloud service providers on COPPUL services

Membership as of August 2019 is:

  • Mark Jordan, Systems Librarian, Simon Fraser University
  • Valla MacLean, Humanities Librarian and University Archivist, MacEwan University
  • Steve Marks, Digital Preservation Librarian, University of Toronto
  • Nancy McGovern, Head of Curation and Preservation Services, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Annie Murray, Associate University Librarian for Archives & Special Collections, University of Calgary
  • Umar Qasim, Digital Preservation Officer, University of Alberta
  • Bronwen Sprout, Head of UBC Library Digital Programs and Services, University of British Columbia
  • COPPUL Digital Preservation Coordinator (ex officio)

For more information, see the CDSN-PSAG Terms of Reference.

CDSN's Digital Preservation Practitioners Forum (CDSN-DPPF)

The CDSN Digital Preservation Practitioners Forum (CDSN-DPPF) provides an opportunity for digital preservation practitioners within COPPUL to exchange information, share best practices, and strengthen professional relationships. It serves as a forum for sharing policies and practices related to digital preservation among COPPUL libraries, and facilitates discussion of current and emerging topics in preservation,  including the use of various digital preservation tools and services and how they combine to form systematic preservation strategies and programs. 

The DPFF's main communications channel is the listserv coppul-dppf@sfu.ca, as well as teleconferences and in-person meetings as required.

Each COPPUL member library can appoint one (1) to three (3) members to the the DPFF by providing their name(s) and contact information to the COPPUL Digital Preservation Coordinator.