Out of the Bubble

Sometimes there is a positive value in being a “trophy spouse,” in the same industry, as your partner. Jessica was invited to be a presenter this week at the NDIIP/NDSA Digital Preservation conference in Washington, DC. I knew about NDIIP (the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program) but I was not familiar with NDSA, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance. The NDSA is a volunteer membership organization whose mission is “to establish, maintain, and advance the capacity to preserve our nation’s digital resources for the benefit of present and future generations.”  Since she was going, I thought I’d go along for the ride.
The volunteers participate in working groups serving the public good, and the annual meeting is a chance for everyone to get together and talk about digital stewardship. This group is different from but overlaps with the digital librarians, and seems to be a far cry from the traditional librarians, but, as I was pleased to find out,  not that far from the archivists. It has been a few days of big thoughts and ideas, as well as making connections with people trying to solve practical problems.  The biggest takeaway so far has been that it is essential to think about how our individual efforts connect with the larger world, and that cross-disciplinary collaboration is essential for success in preserving and making available our digital heritage.
So, let’s all remember to get out of our individual bubbles when we have the opportunity and connect with people doing similar things in different areas.

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