The mission of the MetaArchive Cooperative is to engage in sustainable digital preservation through community collaboration.
Preserving the past, harnessing the present, preparing for the future
- Encourage and support the long-term preservation of digital content;
- Promote a cooperative, robust, and decentralized approach to digital preservation;
- Encourage archives, libraries, research institutes, museums, and other such organizations to build their own preservation infrastructures and knowledge rather than outsourcing this core service to external vendors;
- Encourage the growth of distributed digital preservation networks for preserving copies of replicated content in secure, distributed locations over time;
- Maintain a minimal overhead and straightforward mechanisms for collaboration;
- Administer services that have wide applicability to a range of organizations and digital content;
- Utilize and create open standards and systems;
- Ensure that digital materials are stored and maintained in migratable formats and data structures;
- Promote and support high standards for preservation metadata capture;
- Undertake research and development projects to advance digital preservation best practices
In addition to these values, we support and adhere to the Digital Preservation Declaration of Shared Values.
In 2004, six libraries in the southeastern United States banded together to develop a digital preservation solution for their special collections materials. The outcome of that collaboration was MetaArchive, a community-owned, community-led initiative comprised of libraries, archives, and other digital memory organizations. Working cooperatively with the Library of Congress through the NDIIPP Program, we achieved what none of us could have alone: a secure and cost-effective repository that provides for the long-term care of digital materials – not by outsourcing to other organizations, but by actively participating in the preservation of our own content.
Founded by six research libraries through a project with the Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure & Preservation Program
Transitioned from a grant-funded project to a sustainable organization under the auspices of Educopia Institute
Awarded $300,000 by the NHPRC to plan for sustainability, both organizational and technical
Expanded to become an international distributed digital preservation network with preservation nodes on three continents
Awarded $300,000 by the NEH to address thorny technical and social challenges in digital news preservation
Celebrated 10 years of successful preservation network activity with more than 60 member institutions
Produced the “ETD+ Toolkit” under a $250,000 IMLS-funded project to help institutions prepare and support students to manage their digital legacies
Membership in the MetaArchive Cooperative is open to any organization whose activities and objectives are consistent with MetaArchive’s mission and principles. We encourage you to contact us with any questions about the cooperative.
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
Carnegie Mellon University
Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Library Alliance
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Oregon State University
Penn State University
Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro
Rockefeller Archive Center
University of Louisville
Virginia Tech University