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JISC joins Open Planets Foundation

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The Open Planets Foundation (OPF) and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) are joining forces to encourage leading higher education institutions in the UK to take a central role in Europe-wide efforts to preserve digital heritage.

JISC will become a charter member of the OPF. JISC's role within the digital preservation initiative will be to encourage participation amongst the UK’s leading universities. The aim is to inspire academic interest in R&D into digital preservation tools and technologies, and ensure that the wider higher education sector can address the growing challenge of preserving digital materials more effectively.

'Universities across the globe have a vital role to play in securing the future of our digital legacy. The OPF is absolutely delighted to be working with JISC to unlock the expertise of the UK’s top higher education institutions. Bringing together the creators of intellectual content with digital preservation practitioners, this partnership will tackle the challenge head on and ensure the creative output of today remains accessible for generations to come,' commented Bram van der Werf, executive director of the Open Planets Foundation.

This news was announced at the iPRES conference held last week in Vienna.