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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 (launching Fall 2021) will complement 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 CDSN and its members work with the Portage Preservation Expert Group to advance collective capacity for preserving research data and metadata, ensuring it remains accessible and usable in the long-term.

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.