Our Vision

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) exists to make our digital memory accessible tomorrow.

We enable our members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital collections and raising awareness of the attendant strategic, cultural and technological challenges they face. We achieve our aims through advocacy, workforce development, capacity-building and partnership.

Our Objectives

Our  Strategic Plan for 2015 to 2018  defines four objectives:

  • A political and institutional climate responsive to the need for digital preservation - read more about our advocacy work...
  • Competent and responsive workforces ready to address the challenges of digital preservation - read more about our training and Leadership Programme...
  • Better tools, smarter processes and enhanced capacity in digital preservation - read more about our projects and direct support for members...
  • Closer and more productive collaboration within and beyond the Coalition - read more about how we support collaboration...

These objectives are realised in our current DPC Prospectus 2017-2018

Our Values

At the core of our values is the belief that thoughtful preservation creates the conditions in which optimal value can be delivered from digital collections. Therefore digital preservation is a necessary and achievable social and organisational good, requiring specific and shared action. However, as a cross-sector body, we recognise that different requirements in different contexts mean that there are different paths to ensuring our digital memory is accessible tomorrow. So we encourage dialogue and collaboration based on mutual respect. In order that we can speak with authority and integrity, we shall:

  • Maintain neutrality in respect to solutions, approaches, sectors and vendors.
  • Amplify the needs and successes of our members.
  • Be open to all stakeholders.
  • Maintain sound stewardship of the Coalition’s resources.
  • Respond to the needs of members in the delivery of services.
  • Be authoritative, current and concise in all our publications and communications


Our Organisation

The DPC is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales.  We are a membership organisation, managed by a small team of full time staff but overseen by a Board of Directors appointed from our full members and our primary function is to deliver on behalf of our members.  We were established in 2002 as a collaboration between a number of agencies operating in the UK and Ireland.  Although our programme has changed a lot and our membership since 2002 we remain true to the founding principles of community oversight described in our Articles of Association and Memorandum of Incorporation.  The majority of our income is still derived from the annual subscriptions which members pay: and our workplan is scrutinised and approved by our members annually.

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