Chronopolis Program Manager/Digital Preservation Analyst
University of California, San Diego
Data Management Strategist
University of California, Los Angeles
Interim Head of Preservation
University of California, Berkeley
The University of California system spans 10 campuses and is one of the largest research institutions in the world. The scale and complexity of the University, as well as the individuality of each campus, can make coordinated initiatives like creating a shared digital preservation strategy a herculean task. Nonetheless, in the fall of 2018, the University of California Libraries Direction and Oversight Committee (DOC) charged the first of three distinct phases for the system-wide Digital Preservation Strategy Working Group (DPS WG) to do just that. The initial phase, as reported on at the Coalition of Networked Information (CNI) 2019, resulted in the surfacing of existing digital preservation practices at each campus, the identification of gaps in practices at each campus, and highlighted the major themes and challenges in digital preservation that the University of California (UC) system faces going forward. The second phase focused on identifying the steps needed to build a community of practice around digital preservation, with the primary goal of preparing a path for collective action in the stewardship of the content types held in common by libraries at the 10 campuses and controlled digital lending (CDL). The final phase outlined the specifics regarding the creation of a standing Digital Preservation Leadership group to represent a more permanent and sustainable approach toward operationalizing the main recommendations of the working group. This standing Leadership Group was formed in the spring of 2021. The chairs of each phase of the working group and the current Leadership Group will present on the work that was done, what was learned, the recommendations generated, and the plans for creating a foundation for sustainable system-wide digital preservation.