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In addition to members the DPC retains close links with a small number of allied organisations that may not eligible for membership in their own right but who nonetheless share similar goals and aspirations.
Alliance for Permanenet Access
A conference Permanent Access to the Records of Science was held in the Hague on 1 November 2004. Although primarily concerned with the physical and life sciences its coverage was across many areas of knowledge. Participants agreed to a series of conclusions and recommendations. To maintain momentum from the conference and achieve maximum progress with these recommendations, the KB was asked to set up a European Task Force for Permanent Access, which started its work early in 2005. This resulted in the establishment of the Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science in Europe, committed to establishing an infrastructure for permanent access to scientific information (including all disciplines from physical, biological, or environmental sciences, to social sciences and humanities). Since it's establishment the Alliance has hosted a number of invitational and public conferences has helped to establish a number of European initiatives such as the PARSE.Insight Roadmap for digital preservation in Europe. The DPC is a full member of the Alliance and sits on the Alliance's governing board. Further details on the work of the Alliance are available from http://www.alliancepermanentaccess.eu/
British Library Preservation Advisory Centre
In January 2010 the DPC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre, the successor body to the National Preservation Office, with which the DPC had previously signed a memorandum of understanding in October 2001. Further details of the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre are available from http://www.bl.uk/npo/ and a brief press release about the new memorandum was published in January 2010.
The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
The ICPSR is, like the DPC a membership organisation. It encourages and facilitates research and instruction in the social sciences and related areas by acquiring, developing, archiving, and disseminating data and documentation relevant to a wide spectrum of disciplines, and by conducting related instructional programs. Established in the early 1960s, this prestigious organisation is a pioneer in the preservation and curation of social science and related data in the US. We are honoured by its recognition of the important role of the DPC internationally, and are strengthened by its commitment. For more details of the consortium, see http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/ICPSR/ or see the press release issued when the ICPSR joined DPC.
The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program of the Library of Congress (NDIIPP) was established after Congress gave approval to the Library of Congress to develop the program in December 2000. In January 2004, Congress approved the Library of Congress's plan for NDIIPP, which has enabled the Library of Congress to launch a national infrastructure for the collection and long-term preservation of digital content. A hallmark of NDIIPP and the DPC has been to work collaboratively so it was a logical step for the two organisations to agree to work together. The occasion of the DPC Forum held in June 2004 provided an opportunity for Laura Campbell and Lynne Brindley to formally sign the document committing the two organisations to work together, which had already been agreed to in principle. See also the press release issued when the memorandum was signed.
National Library of Australia
The DPC and NLA have signed a memorandum of understanding to work collaboratively on digital preservation activities and dissemination. PADI is a highly recommended international gateway for digital preservation developed by the National Library of Australia (NLA) with the guidance of an international advisory group. The NLA currently coordinates and maintains the PADI safekeeping initiative to promote the permanent preservation of selected significant digital preservation resources. For more information on the joint working with the National Library of Autralia see http://www.nla.gov.au/padi/safekeeping/safekeeping.html or the press release issued when the memorandum was signed.