Organizations join the Data-PASB partnership for several reasons. Membership in Data-PASB helps insure against preservation loss. Data-PASB safeguards the collections of its members through transfer protocols, succession planning, and live replication of collections. If a member organization requires off-site replication of its collections, the partnership will provide it. And if a member organization is no longer institutionally capable of preserving and disseminating a collection, the collection can be preserved and disseminated through the partnership.


Furthermore, membership in Data-PASB increases the visibility of member organizations and their collections. The Data-PASB partnership provides a unified catalog of all collections held by the partners. This makes collections easier to discover, and provides opportunities to build "virtual" collections that are more complete and comprehensive.


Moreover, membership in Data-PASB offers many opportunities to collaborate and improve archival practice. Data-PASB is a member of the Library of Congress sponsored National Digital Stewardship Alliance, and is dedicated to advancing preservation practice. Members combine their substantial experience to develop best practices, write publications, identify future preservation risks, and create tools -- often seeking joint sponsorship from external funders.

Is DATA-PASB sustainable?


To support the partnership objectives, we contribute in-kind personnel time, and computing resources. There are no membership fees. Partners also collaborate on grant proposals or other fundraising efforts to cover the costs of developing new tools and conducting research.


The partnership is designed to last. Partners agree to institutional succession plans and transfer protocols in case individual members can no longer retain the materials they acquire. Long-term preservation of data collections is a core feature within the replication network, which allows for fluctuations in the number and technological capabilities of partners.


Economically, by working with in-kind contributions of time and resources, and by calibrating contributions with the size of the partner organization, both costs and overhead are kept low. Moreover, Data-PASB activities directly improve the preservation and access of member collections, which makes contributing to these Data-PASB projects easy to justify.

Can I join DATA-PASB?


Data-PASB partners are required to do three things:


  1. Agree to the membership agreement, which gives the partnership the licenses necessary to expose a member's content through the catalog, and to replicate it for preservation.

  2. Second, the member needs to expose their content to trusted Data-PASB harvesting systems.

  3. Finally, the member should participate in regular virtual meetings.


At the moment Data-PASB mebership is limited to globaly distributed 10 sites. If you are interested in discussing a posibility of your institution joining Data-PASB please contact us by e-mail at

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