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The COPPUL Digital Stewardship Network

“Much of our global cultural heritage, and our own individual and social imprint, is at serious risk of disappearing.”  Richard S. Whitt, Corporate Director for Strategic Initiatives at Google

The digital preservation landscape is complex and rapidly evolving. As collections become increasingly digital, memory institutions like university archives and libraries need solutions to address the substantial challenges associated with their digital stewardship responsibilities. 

COPPUL has been active in digital preservation since the establishment of the COPPUL Private LOCKSS Network in 2007. Building on this foundation, the COPPUL Digital Preservation Working Group established the COPPUL Digital Preservation Network (COPPUL DPN) in 2015, with the intention of transforming COPPUL’s digital preservation activities into a set of comprehensive, flexible, scalable, and sustainable services. In 2018, the COPPUL DPN was remaned the COPPUL Digital Stewardship Network (CDSN).

Guiding principles

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 their 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

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Committees, Working Groups, and Communities


The COPPUL Digital Stewardship Network (CDSN) works with a wide variety of regional, national and international partners. Our collaborative projects and initiatives have a meaningful impact on COPPUL members' ability to undertake effective digital preservation. 

CARL Digital Preservation Working Group (CARL DPWG)

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries' Digital Preservation Working Group works towards the long-term stewardship of Canada’s digital scholarly record and multi-format documentary heritage, and supports the specific mandate of CARL’s Advancing Research Committee to preserve Canada’s scholarly record and documentary heritage in all its forms. 

Canadian Web Archiving Coalition (CWAC)

Under the auspices of Canadian Association of Research LibrariesAdvancing Research Committee and Digital Preservation Working Group, the Canadian Web Archiving Coalition (CWAC) is an inclusive community of practice within Canadian libraries, archives, and other memory institutions engaged or otherwise interested in web archiving.  COPPUL's Western Web Archiving Community complements this national community of practice by creating space for additional conversations about regional opportunities and challenges.

The Portage Network

Launched in 2015 by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Portage works within the library community to coordinate expertise, services, and technology in research data management, seeking to collaborate with other research data management stakeholders. The COPPUL Digital Preservation Coordinator serves on the Portage Preservation Expert Group.

Public Knowledge Project

The PKP and COPPUL have signed an memorandum of understanding that formalizes collaboration on the development of preservation services and, where possible, the sharing of resources and expertise in relation to LOCKSS and in support of PKP platforms and the preservation of COPPUL members’ digital collections.  The agreement also recognizes the importance of working together on models of engagement that make explicit the connection between a sustainable scholarly publishing environment and the ability of memory institutions to preserve society’s research and scholarship as a whole.

National Digital Stewardship Alliance

The NDSA is a consortium of organizations committed to the long-term preservation of digital information with a mission to establish, maintain, and advance the capacity to preserve digital resources for the benefit of present and future generations. COPPUL's participation in this important initiative connects our 22 members in Western Canada with over 160 NDSA member organizations in the United States active in the field of digital preservation. Through its involvement with the NDSA, COPPUL is a founding signatory of the Digital Preservation Declaration of Shared Values.