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COPPUL DPN Collaborative projects and initiatives

The COPPUL Digital Stewardship Network (CDSN) works with a wide variety of regional, national and international projects and initiatives that have a meaningful impact on COPPUL members' ability to undertake effective digital preservation.

Canadian Association of Research Libraries Digital Preservation Working Group (CARL DPWG)

This 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.

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 COPPUL Digital Preservation Coordinator serves on the Portage Preservation Expert Group and the Dataverse North Working Group, where he co-chairs the Business Models Subgroup.

Canadian Web Archiving Coalition (CWAC)

Under the auspices of Canadian Association of Research Libraries' Advancing 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. See related documents. For more information, see:

CRKN Trusted Digital Repository Task Group (TDRTG)

 The objective of Task Group is to develop a framework, including a service model, governance model, and cost-sharing model, for establishing a national TDR for CRKN members to ensure long-term access to CRKN-licensed resources and to provide a publisher-independent mechanism for exercising post-cancellation rights. The COPPUL Digital Preservation Coordinator is chairing the Finance and Governance Subgroup.

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.

National Digital Stewardship Alliance

The NDSA is a consortium of organizations committed to the long-term preservation of digital information with a mission to establish, maintain, and advance the capacity to preserve digital resources for the benefit of present and future generations. COPPUL's participation in this important initiative connects our 22 members in Western Canada with over 160 NDSA member organizations in the United States active in the field of digital preservation. Through its involvement with the NDSA, COPPUL is a founding signatory of the Digital Preservation Declaration of Shared Values.


The COPPUL Digital Preservation Coordinator is working with University of Victoria Libraries and The Harvard Library Innovation Lab on a pilot project to deploy a Canadian preservation node in support of the perma.cc service in Canada. Perma.cc is a web archiving service that “helps scholars, journals, courts, and others create permanent records of the web sources they cite.”

More information?

For more information, contact the COPPUL Digital Preservation Coordinator:

Corey Davis