The DPN Vision

DPN will ensure that the complete scholarly record is preserved for future generations. It will be the long-term preservation solution shared collectively across the academy that protect local and consortia preservation efforts against all types of catastrophic failure. The supporting ecosystem enables higher education to own, maintain and control the scholarly record throughout time. While commercial entities may partner with us to contribute to this effort at different points in time depending on priorities and business models, final control must reside with the academy.


In the DPN ecosystem, local repositories become contributing nodes, which ingest new forms of scholarship and new collections. DPN creates several federated, replicating nodes, which are digital repositories for the contributing nodes with a specific focus on long-term preservation. The replicating nodes contain redundant, dark copies of all deposits that can be brightened in cases of catastrophic loss. The diversity of the DPN nodes mitigates the risk of a single point of failure. Objects and metadata are replicated across nodes that embody organizational, technical, physical, and political diversity. A single point of failure cannot jeopardize centuries of scholarship.

The DPN Team

The individuals and organizations that are leading DPN are the most knowledgeable in the preservation community. The team is incredibly deep and most have been working on preservation challenges for many years. We invite you to meet our veteran team members highlighted below.

Current Work

DPN is progressing with advanced testing of the communication and replication components of the architecture. Production preservation environments (with corresponding agreements) are expected to be operational by January. Revised costs models are in place and node compensation is set for the year. Member upload and node ingest workflows, support, and training are being evaluated and refined.

Current Committees

DPN is a highly collaborative community and relies on the expertise and experience of its membership in a number of ways. This link highlights the current groups which are working diligently to move DPN forward.

  • Mary Molinaro

    Mary Molinaro

    Digital Preservation Network | Chief Operating Officer & Service Manager

    Mary Molinaro serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Service Manager for DPN. Mary previously was a faculty member at the University of Kentucky Libraries and served as director of the Research Data Center in her most recent positon there. Her work and research interests include digital preservation, personal digital archiving, and digital library development. She serves as an instructor and is on the Steering Committee for the Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) program at the Library of Congress. Mary has great interest in supporting library infrastructure and planning in developing nations. She has done extensive work with libraries in Ecuador and served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Tunisia.

  • Steven Morales

    Steven Morales

    Digital Preservation Network | Chief Business Officer

    In 2012, Steven Morales was chosen to be the founding director and first DPN employee. During the start up years, Mr. Morales worked together with charter members to define DPN’s mission and direction and collaborated with the Board of Directors to establish the structure of governance. In addition, he oversaw DPN's technical infrastructure development, which was a collaboration of the lead technical staff from five member universities. Mr. Morales has worked closely with DPN’s visionary founder, James Hilton, to realize his bold concept of a long-term preservation network owned and operated by the academic community. As Chief Business Officer, Mr. Morales's responsibilities include: strategic planning, establishing strategic partnerships, implementing the DPN funding model, and creating the first-ever, sustainable, long-term business model for digital preservation.

  • Dave Pcolar

    Dave Pcolar

    Digital Preservation Network | Chief Technology Officer

    Dave Pcolar is the Chief Technology Officer for DPN. He brings over 25 years of experience working as a systems programmer, analyst, architect, and administrator supporting operational and research environments. Mr. Pcolar's experience and expertise include research, design, and implementation of scalable, distributed, archival storage and virtualized service infrastructures. Previous positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill include: Lead for IT Infrastructure Management Services, Interim Head of the Library & Information Technology Department, Lead for IT Research and Development, Technical Lead for the Carolina Digital Repository, and Acting Director of the Triangle Research Libraries Network.

  • James Hilton

    James Hilton

    University of Michigan | University Librarian and Dean of Libraries

    James Hilton is the University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan. He is also the Vice Provost for Digital Educational Initiatives, responsible for developing strategies and policies around educational technology and other cross-campus digital education initiatives.

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  • Michael McRobbie

    Michael A. McRobbie

    Indiana University | President • Digital Preservation Network | Board Chair

    Michael A. McRobbie became the 18th president of Indiana University in 2007. McRobbie first joined IU in 1997 as vice president for information technology and chief information officer, and was appointed vice president for research in 2003. Under McRobbie’s leadership, IU has seen a major expansion in the size and quality of its student body, a large-scale academic restructuring with the establishment of six new schools, a reinvigoration of the global partnerships that support the university’s international academic and educational programs, an extensive $1.5 billion program of building and renovation with the construction of over 50 new buildings and facilities, and the completion of two separate billion dollar endowment campaigns.

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  • Gene Block

    Gene Block

    University of California at Los Angeles | Chancellor

    Gene Block has been the UCLA’s Chancellor since 2007. Prior to joining UCLA, he served as Vice President and Provost at the University of Virginia, where he was also the Alumni Council Thomas Jefferson Professor of Biology. During his 29 years there he served as Vice President for Research and Public Service and as Founding Director of the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center in Biological Timing. As chancellor, Mr. Block oversees all aspects of the university’s three-part mission of education, research and service. He serves on the boards of several leading national associations and is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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  • Richard Broadhead

    Richard Brodhead

    Duke University | President

    Richard H. Brodhead is the ninth President of Duke University and the William Preston Few Professor of English. He is a scholar of nineteenth-century American literature and a national leader in higher education. Since arriving at Duke in 2004, Brodhead has enriched undergraduate education and led the expansion of Duke’s financial aid endowment. Under his leadership Duke established the Duke Global Health Institute and launched the signature program DukeEngage, which gives Duke undergraduates the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in service to society. Prior to coming to Duke, Brodhead had a 32-year career at Yale University. He graduated from Yale in 1968 and received his Ph.D. there in 1972.

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  • Bradley Englert

    Bradley Englert

    The University of Texas at Austin | Chief Information Officer

    Brad Englert has served as the Chief Information Officer for The University of Texas at Austin since 2009. He has spent much of his professional life working in and assisting institutions of higher education. During Englerts twenty-two year career with Accenture, a global management consulting and technology services company, he was in a variety of IT leadership and operational roles for large, complex, and diverse institutions of higher education and state government, including five years as managing partner for Accentures USA higher education practice. When Englert retired as a senior partner in 2006, he had a proven track record in IT operations, large scale information systems implementations, and strategic IT planning for a number of major institutions of higher education.

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  • John Evans

    John Evans

    Evans Telecommunications Company | Chairman and CEO

    John Evans is an internationally recognized expert in the telecommunications industry and a leader in technological innovation. He is perhaps best known as one of the co-founders of C-SPAN and served as its Chairman in the early 1990s, and continues to serve on its board and executive committee. He has turned considerable amounts of his energy toward consulting and speaking on the future of new technology and its impact on media and society. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Evans Telecommunications Company, an investment, consulting and operating company in the cable television and telecommunications industries.

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  • Bernadette Gray-Little

    Bernadette Gray-Little

    University of Kansas | Chancellor

    Bernadette Gray-Little became the 17th Chancellor of the University of Kansas in August of 2009. Since that time, she led the effort for new admission standards for KU, for four-year renewable scholarships and the first university-wide curriculum, as well as the university’s Bold Aspirations strategic plan. As chancellor, she oversees campuses in five locations as well as research and educational centers in five additional communities in the state.

    She received her B. A. from Marywood College (Scranton, PA) and an M. S. and Ph.D. in psychology from St. Louis University. As part of a Fulbright Foundation fellowship, she conducted postdoctoral research in cross-cultural psychology in Denmark.

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  • Abby Smith Rumsey

    Abby Smith Rumsey

    Digital Preservation Network | Advisor

    Abby Smith Rumsey is a writer and historian of ideas focusing on the creation, preservation, and use of the cultural record in all media. She has written and lectured widely on digital preservation, online scholarship, the nature of evidence, the changing roles of libraries and archives, intellectual property policies in the digital age, and the impact of new information technologies on perceptions of history and time.

    For over a decade, Rumsey has been working with the Library of Congresss National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program in development of a national strategy to identify, collect, and preserve digital content of long-term value.

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  • Brian Schottlaender

    Brian Schottlaender

    University of California, San Diego | University Librarian

    Brian E. C. Schottlaender is The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at the University of California, San Diego Libraries. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Schottlaender currently serves as a member of the Hathi Trust Executive Committee, an elected delegate to OCLCs Global Council, and Co-Secretary of OCLCs Americas Regional Council. He also has served as president of both ALAs Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Association of Research Libraries. He was recently named the Melvil Dewey Medal winner by the American Library Association (ALA) in recognition of his creative leadership of a high order.

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  • Bob Schwarzwalder

    Bob Schwarzwalder

    Stanford University Libraries | Associate University Librarian and Director of Library Technologies

    Bob Schwarzwalder is the Associate University Librarian and Director of Library Technologies at Stanford University. He has formerly held managerial and administrative positions in academe and industry. Bob has served on numerous advisory boards for publishers, database producers and internet companies. He has over 100 publications, holds a US patent related to GPS technology and is a co-author of the State of Hawaii's metadata standard. Bob has written and spoken extensively on the areas of digital information systems, knowledge management, and information licensing. He has participated in a variety of national and international projects to create effective digital information systems

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  • Dan Stanzione

    Dan Stanzione

    Texas Advanced Computing Center | Deputy Director

    As the deputy director of TACC, Dan Stanzione tracks the center's vision, strategy and planning, ensures effective and efficient operations of center-wide activities and programs, and articulates the center's impact and plans to the broader scientific community. He also plays a key role in funding new activities through proposals and partnerships. Prior to joining TACC, Dan was the director of the Ira A. Fulton High Performance Computing Institute (HPCI) at Arizona State University. In a period of four years, he founded and led the development of this new HPC organization from conception to a fully functioning center.

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  • Winston Tabb

    Winston Tabb

    The Johns Hopkins University | Dean of University Librarians and Museums

    Winston Tabb became Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and director of the Sheridan Libraries in September 2002. He had been associate librarian at the Library of Congress. Since his arrival at Johns Hopkins, Tabb has accepted additional assignments as dean of the university's museums. As dean of the libraries, Tabb directs the integration of new information technologies throughout the university's libraries and, as head of the University Libraries Council, leads and coordinates Johns Hopkins' entire system of libraries.

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  • Satish Tripathi

    Satish Tripathi

    University at Buffalo, SUNY | President

    An internationally distinguished researcher and transformative higher education leader, Satish K. Tripathi, was appointed the 15th president of the University at Buffalo on April 18, 2011. As UB’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs from 2004-11, he has led the university in achieving significant growth in research activity, enhanced student quality and diversity, and an expanded international presence. The first international-born president in UB’s history, Tripathi graduated top of his class from Banaras Hindu University in India. In addition to a doctorate in computer science from the University of Toronto, he holds three master's degrees—one in computer science and two in statistics.

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