About Digital Stewardship
Digital Stewardship’s primary function is as a data manager and project manager, developing, in collaboration and communication with other UMD Libraries divisions, plans and roadmaps for digital initiatives within the UMD Libraries. Once Library-wide decisions are made on priorities relating to digital initiatives, Digital Stewardship will launch and manage projects to ensure that those priorities are realized.
While Digital Stewardship fills a project management role within the UMD Libraries, several large digital initiatives live permanently within Digital Stewardship, including Digital Collections and digital preservation, Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM), Research Data Services, and ePublishing.
Digital Stewardship is responsible for managing digital projects throughout their lifecycles. Digital Stewardship guarantees certain custodial responsibilities for the products of digital projects, such as backup and archiving of files, acceptable system “up-time,” and migration of content to new servers or applications as appropriate.
Digital Stewardship collaborates with stakeholders throughout the UMD Libraries in order to turn a project into a reality. Most digital projects require coordination between other units within the Information Technology Division, including Digital Conversion and Media Reformatting, Software Systems Development and Research, and User and Systems Support. In addition, Digital Stewardship maintains a close relationship with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).