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.

Implementation

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 actively progressing three important projects that will create a working proof of concept of the core components. The DPN node sub-group is defining the technical architecture for the replicating nodes. The governance sub-group is defining a governance and sustainability model. The data partnerships sub-group is completing an environmental scan of research data preservation.

Leadership
  • Steven Morales

    Steven Morales


    Digital Preservation Network | Director

    Steven Morales is the Project Director for DPN. Prior to his work to create the Digital Preservation Network, Mr. Morales was the Director of the Darden Solutions business school consortium at the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business. As the DPN Director, Mr. Morales is responsible for coordinating the policy, governance, technical, and business model working groups.

  • 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.

    Biographic web page

  • Paul Courant

    Paul Courant


    University of Michigan | Librarian, Dean of Libraries, Professor

    Paul N. Courant is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Economics, Professor of Information, and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. From 2002-2005 he served as Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the chief academic officer and the chief budget officer of the University, He has also served as the Associate Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, Chair of the Department of Economics and Director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies (which is now the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy). In 1979 and 1980 he was a Senior Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers.

    Biographic web page

  • 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 Englert’s 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 Accenture’s 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.

    Biographic web page

  • Paula Kauffman

    Paula Kauffman


    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Dean of Libraries and University Librarian

    Paula Kaufman assumed the position of University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999. She was named the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian in 2009. Previously, she served for 11 years as Dean of Libraries at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; as Acting Vice President, Director of Academic Information Services, Director of Library Services, Acting Head of the East Asian Library, and Head of the Business and Economics Library at Columbia University; and as a social science reference librarian at Yale University.

    Biographic web page

  • Jim Neal

    Jim Neal


    Columbia University | Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian

    In his role with Columbia University, Jim Neal provides leadership for university academic computing and a system of twenty-two libraries. His responsibilities include the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, the Copyright Advisory Office, and the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research. Previously, he served as the Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University, and held administrative positions in the libraries at Penn State, Notre Dame, and the City University of New York.

    Biographic web page

  • Sandy Payette

    Sandy Payette


    Digital Preservation Network | Chief Technology Officer

    Before accepting the role with DPN, Sandy was the founding CEO of DuraSpace, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, technology and community resources to help preserve the world’s intellectual, cultural, and scientific heritage in digital form. Sandy served as CEO of DuraSpace from 2007-2011. In 2011, she began working on her PhD while continuing as strategic advisor to DuraSpace.

    Prior DuraSpace, Sandy was a researcher at Cornell Computing and Information Science where she researched, published and lectured internationally in the areas of digital libraries, digital repositories, open source software, and web-based architectures for digital preservation and archiving. Biographic web page

  • 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 Congress’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program in development of a national strategy to identify, collect, and preserve digital content of long-term value.

    Biographic web page

  • 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 OCLC’s Global Council, and Co-Secretary of OCLC’s Americas Regional Council. He also has served as president of both ALA’s 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

    Biographic web page

  • 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.

    Biographic Webpage

  • 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.

    Biographic web page

  • Karin Wittenborg

    Karin Wittenborg


    University of Virginia | University Librarian

    Karin Wittenborg has been University Librarian at the University of Virginia since September 1993. She previously held positions at UCLA, Stanford, MIT, and the State University of New York. She is responsible for twelve libraries on Grounds and for a high density shelving facility off-Grounds. In 2005 the University Library was the recipient of the most prestigious national award for excellence in academic libraries. Wittenborg was the 2004 recipient of the Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award and is a member of the Raven Society. She serves on the library boards of Brown University, Johns Hopkins University, and Stanford University. She also serves on the Board of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Washington, D.C.

    Biographic web page

Technical
  • Sandy Payette

    Sandy Payette


    Digital Preservation Network | Chief Technology Officer

    spayette@umich.edu

    Before accepting the role with DPN, Sandy was the founding CEO of DuraSpace, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, technology and community resources to help preserve the world’s intellectual, cultural, and scientific heritage in digital form. Sandy served as CEO of DuraSpace from 2007-2011. In 2011, she began working on her PhD while continuing as strategic advisor to DuraSpace.

    Prior DuraSpace, Sandy was a researcher at Cornell Computing and Information Science where she researched, published and lectured internationally in the areas of digital libraries, digital repositories, open source software, and web-based architectures for digital preservation and archiving.

  • Tom Cramer

    Tom Cramer


    Stanford Digital Repository | Director
    tcramer@stanford.edu

    Tom directs the Stanford Digital Repository, as well as the technical development and delivery of Stanford's digital library services, including the digitization, discovery, delivery, preservation and management of digital resources that support teaching, learning and research. He is a founder of the Hydra Project, and an active contributor to Blacklight, successful open source projects that deal with digital asset management and discovery. He serves as the Chair and Co-Director of PASIG, the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group, is a steering group member for Open Repositories, and a member of the DuraSpace Board of Directors.

  • Ladd Hanson

    Ladd Hanson


    University of Texas at Austin | Head of Library Systems
    ladd@austin.utexas.edu

    As the Director of IT for the Texas Digital Library, Ladd has managed system architecture, including large-scale storage and compute systems, and software development for over forty nationally funded grant projects and University initiatives since the start of the World Wide Web in the early 1990s.

  • Bryan Hockey

    Bryan Hockey


    University of Michigan | HathiTrust, Systems Programmer/Analyst
    bhock@umich.edu

    Bryan Hockey is a member of Core Services within UM Library IT, the group that is responsible for infrastructure development and support of the library, as well as management of the HathiTrust preservation repository. He serves as HathiTrust's primary developer on the DPN project, leveraging a hybrid background in both system administration and rapid development.

  • Chris Jordan

    Chris Jordan


    Texas Advanced Computing Center | Data Management and Collections Group Lead
    The University of Texas at Austin | Data Management and Collections Group Lead
    ctjordan@tacc.utexas.edu

    Chris has been involved in High-Performance Data and Computing support for over a decade, and has deployed and maintained some of the largest-scale research data storage systems in the world. He brings expertise in a wide array of technologies and techniques for wide-area and high-performance data infrastructure to the deployment of systems and services supporting digital preservation of research data at the local, state, and national scales.

  • Sebastien Korner

    Sebastien Korner


    University of Michigan | HathiTrust, Systems Programmer/Analyst
    skorner@umich.edu

    Sebastien is a senior member of the Library IT Core Services group at the University of Michigan Library. This group provides server and storage infrastructure, systems integration, and automation of workflows and processes to support both the Library's digital services and HathiTrust's data ingest, preservation, and access responsibilities. Sebastien has 15 years of experience working as a systems analyst, programmer, and administrator in operational and research computing environments at the University of Michigan and University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

  • David Minor

    David Minor


    UC San Diego Library & the San Diego Supercomputer Center | Director of Digital Preservation Initiatives
    Chronopolis | Program Manager
    minor@sdsc.edu

    In this role at UCSD, David helps define current and future work needed for the preservation of vital resources. He is also the program manager of Chronopolis, a national-scale digital preservation network that originated with funds from the Library of Congress' NDIIPP Program. David has a joint working relationship between the UCSD Libraries and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. In this role he works as co-lead on the Curation Services Program in the Research Cyberinfrastructure Initiative on the UCSD campus.

  • Tim Sigmon

    Tim Sigmon


    Information Technology Services, University of Virginia APTrust Repository | Asst VP for Scholarly Technologies
    tms@virginia.edu

    Tim leads scholarly technology activities at the University of Virginia and directs UVaCollab, UVa's implementation of Sakai. He also provides architectural and technical advice for the APTrust and DPN digital preservation projects. In these capacities he leads and participates in projects dealing with various aspects of web-based information systems, networked information delivery, and digital preservation. Previous projects included participating in the initial development of the Fedora digital repository software. Tim holds a PhD in Computer Science from Duke University.

  • James Simon

    James Simon


    Stanford University | Lead Architect Stanford DPN
    jjsimon@stanford.edu

    James joined from Oracle and worked at Sun Microsystems for 25 years. Formally Chief Technologist of Sun's Global Education and Research and Principal Engineer for America's Systems Group. Worked on projects as architect for European Framework program, Celebrate, international projects for Sun, e.g. Iraq virtual science library, and Super Computer projects, Tsubame in Japan, among others. As engineer at Sun, worked in compiler group, Internationalization team, and as senior Internet consultant for Sun Professional Services. Holds M.S. in Computer science.

  • Mike Smorul

    Mike Smorul


    SESYNC / University of Maryland | IT Manager
    msmorul@sesync.org

    Mike has over 10 years experience in programming, digital archiving, and managing large-scale research computing systems at the University of Maryland. He is a lead developer for the ACE software and manager of the UMD Chronopolis node.

  • Cory Snavely

    Cory Snavely


    University of Michigan/HathiTrust | Manager, Library IT Core Services
    csnavely@umich.edu

    Cory manages the Core Services group within UM Library IT which has primary responsibility for infrastructure development and support, including the ongoing management of the HathiTrust preservation repository. Starting from a background in digital publishing technology, Cory joined the UM Library in 1999 and has a depth of experience in building scalable infrastructure, devising technology and management strategies, creating content specifications, and designing practical workflows related to the preservation and presentation of digitized materials.

  • Adam Soroka

    Adam Soroka


    Academic Preservation Trust and the University of Virginia Library | Academic Preservation Trust and the University of Virginia Library
    ajs6f@Virginia.edu

    Adam is an engineer with over a decade of experience working at UVa with digital object repositories and the systems that support them. He has been working on software and system architecture for Academic Preservation Trust since its inception.

  • Don Sutton

    Don Sutton Ph. D.


    San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego | Research Scientist
    suttond@sdsc.edu

    My educational resume includes a BS (UC Berkeley), MS (UC San Diego) and PhD (UC San Diego) along with a Postdoctoral Fellowships at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. For the past 10 years I have been focused as an informatics architect/developer working on several projects mostly within the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UCSD. Most recently this includes the Chronopolis data preservation project. As an information specialist I have acquired a variety of skills needed to design and develop large scale data-centric systems. Along with my computer science skills I am able to draw on my basic science knowledge in Oceanography, Earth System Science, and Biotechnology to architect systems that not only meet the Cyberinfrastructure needs but address the use case scenarios at the science level.

  • Scott Turnbull

    Scott Turnbull


    Academic Preservation Trust, University of Virginia | Lead Engineer
    scott.turnbull@aptrust.org

    Scott works for the University of Virginia as the Lead Engineer for the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust). He was formally the Head of Software Engineering for Emory University Libraries where he lead the development of the Salman Rushdie archives, Faculty Open Access Repository and helped establish Emory's Digital Scholarship Center. He has also worked implementing the Ex Libris suite of tools at Emory and in Bioinformatics as a Software Engineer for the Emory Health Sciences Center library.

  • Andrew Woods

    Andrew Woods


    DuraSpace | Senior Software Engineer
    awoods@duraspace.org

    Andrew has been designing and developing opensource, preservation and access applications with DuraSpace since 2009. Prior to that he implemented distributed web applications for several government agencies including the Government Printing Office's OAIS preservation repository.

Business Model Working Group Show Members

A viable business model must be established which is practical, sustainable, scalable and able to support DPN’s preservation mission to indefinitely preserve the academic record. The Business Model Working Group is charged to identify the appropriate economic model to fund the initial development and launch of DPN and be one that can scale with demand. Initial discussions have been divided into three sub-groups: Policy, Expense, and Revenue.

Succession Rights Working Group Show Members

This working group was appointed to advance DPN’s interest in securing succession rights for the data deposited within the system. The work has focused on identifying best practices among the organizations focused on data preservation, and on developing templates that can be used to define the license agreement between a data depositor and a repository and between the repository and DPN.