I wanted to share this call for information for a survey from the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) with the CNI community. This is the first time NDSA has reached out to the broader community in collecting this information, and their findings will be very helpful for all of us.
The 2019 NDSA Storage Survey Working Group is pleased to announce that the 2019 Storage Survey is live! This survey is designed to gather and share information on the extent and nature of digital preservation storage across a wide variety of institutions. We invite – and encourage – your participation.
This is the third iteration of the survey, the goal of which is not only to collect updated data for comparison with the 2011 and 2013 surveys, but to gather information on how new technologies and standards have impacted preservation storage. The information gathered through the previous two surveys has been an invaluable resource, helping those involved in digital preservation programs understand how preservation storage is changing and developing. As with the prior surveys, the aggregated results of the survey will be openly available.
The 2019 survey will provide an updated data set that continues to document the storage practices of NDSA members and how those methods have changed over time. Importantly, it is now expanding beyond the NDSA membership for a broader picture of storage needs and practices.
The survey will run from May 23 to June 7, 2019. If you are involved in digital preservation work at your institution, please consider completing the survey; or if you think there is someone at your institution who can, please share it with them. We welcome responses from all types of organizations engaging in storage of digital content; you do not need to be an NDSA member to respond. This survey will take no more than 20-30 minutes and will provide invaluable updated information on how practitioners are approaching digital storage infrastructure.
You may find the survey here:
Please do not hesitate to reach out to Laura Alagna, chair of the 2019 NDSA Storage Survey Working Group with any questions you have about the survey.
Members of the 2019 NDSA Storage Survey Working Group