Technology Working Group begins work for DPN

Ladd Hanson

Ladd Hanson, Director of IT for the Texas Digital Library

TDL Director of IT Ladd Hanson has joined seven other technology leads to begin architecture planning for the Digital Preservation  Network (DPN).

The DPN Technology Working held an initial meeting in Denver in August and continues weekly discussions on the project. The Texas Digital Library, along with several TDL member institutions, are members of the DPN launch team, which formed early in 2012.

DPN is a federated effort within the academy to address preservation needs by creating a network of linked repositories that replicates and preserves research and scholarship across diverse software architectures, organizations, and geographic regions.

The Technology Working Group is charged with determining immediate technology needs and plans, as well as a longer-term preservation technology road map for the project.

Hanson joins the group in his capacity as head of digital systems for UT Libraries. UT Austin, through its relationship with the Texas Advanced Computing Center, may serve as one of the “replicating nodes” of an initial network triad for DPN.

Representatives of the University of Virginia, which is providing administrative leadership for DPN, Chronopolis, HathiTrust, and Stanford University are also part of the Technology Working Group.

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