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Legal Information Preservation Alliance guide to digital preservation projects.
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What Is Digital Preservation?

Some people think that digital preservation is an oxymoron, because digital content changes so rapidly. The American Library Association has developed this definition:

Digital preservation combines policies, strategies and actions that ensure access to digital content over time.

For more discussion of digital preservation definitions, see the ALCTS Definitions of Digital Preservation.


What is LIPA?

The Legal Information Preservation Alliance (LIPA) is a non-profit consortium of over 75 academic and state law libraries working on projects to preserve print and electronic legal information. Its primary purpose is to provide the leadership and organizational structure to ensure the preservation of vital paper and electronic legal information by defining objectives, endorsing and promoting appropriate standards, creating networks, and fostering financial and political support.


There is significant work being done at the national and international level to support digital preservation efforts. These websites provide links to program descriptions, best practices, and preservation tools.

State Initiatives

A number of states have developed digital archives for government publications.  These are a few examples.

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