National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program
n. (abbr. NDIIPP)EN-dipa program of the Library of Congress comprising several collaborative initiatives to implement a national digital preservation strategy and framework, focusing primarily on information that is created in digital form onlyAltman et al. 2009, 172Data-PASS is, in part, funded by an award from the U.S. Library of Congress’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). The NDIIPP mission is to develop a national strategy to collect, archive, and preserve digital content, especially materials created in digital format.Cruse and Sandore 2009, 301Since its inception in 2004, NDIIPP has grown from an experimental program into a true partnership of concerned organizations working together to sustain access to digital information that is critical to scholarship and cultural heritage nationwide.Nash and Sosnowsky 2010, 157As described below, the Library of Congress’s National Digital Information and Infrastructure Project is providing leadership and funding for a national effort to preserve endangered websites, which has moved to the center of the electronic records agenda.Driskill 2019For example, in 2000, Congress appropriated $100 million dollars to the Library of Congress (LOC) to lead an effort to streamline digital preservation across multiple government agencies and other related stakeholders. With this Congressional mandate, the LOC initiated the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). ¶ . . . While the NDIIPP ended in 2018, its successor, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), maintains a consortium of partners across all sectors of government and business.LoC 2023bThe NDIIPP strategy was three pronged: supporting and funding projects and programs that built a network of committed partners, establishing an infrastructure that would be modular and flexible for a variety of digital preservation steward organizations, and identifying and preserving at-risk born-digital content of value to the Nation. NDIIPP led the formation and seeding of a digital preservation network by investing $30 million in grants and partnerships into over 320 institutions across the United States, managed a number of Programs focused on community building and education and training, along with facilitating information and knowledge exchange among thought-leaders, practitioners and learners in digital preservation. This work was carried out through a variety of initiatives. While NDIIPP is no longer an active program at the Library of Congress, its success is evident in the diverse and mature digital preservation community that is now thriving in the United States.
Established by US Congress in December 2000, with the first projects funded in 2004, NDIIPP formed partnerships with public and private institutions to develop policies, structures, processes and commitments to collect, preserve, and provide access to significant and at-risk digital information. One of its major initiatives was the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA). NDIIPP began winding down in January 2016 when the Digital Library Federation became the institutional home of NDSA, and the program ended in 2018.