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Digital Programs and Initiatives

About Digital Programs and Initiatives

Digital Programs and Initiatives’ primary function is as a data manager and business analyst, 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 Programs and Initiatives will launch and manage projects to ensure that those priorities are realized.

Several programs reside within Digital Programs and Initiatives, including Digital Collections and digital preservation, Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM), Research Data Services, Digital Publishing, and Digital Preservation.

Digital Programs and Initiatives is the primary owner of the UMD Libraries' DSpace (DRUM), Fedora (Digital Collections) and Open Journal Systems platforms. Working closely with colleagues in Software Systems Development and Research, we gather requirements, communicate change needs, recommend enhancements, and identify bugs. Digital Programs and Initiatives actively participates in and often manages digital projects throughout their lifecycles. Digital Programs and Initiatives 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 Programs and Initiatives 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 Digital Systems and Stewardship Division, including Digital Conversion and Media Reformatting, Software Systems Development and Research, and User and Systems Support. In addition, Digital Programs and Initiatives maintains a close relationship with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

The University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries, in keeping with its mission “To enable the intellectual inquiry and learning required to meet the education, research and community outreach mission of the university,” serves as a trusted caretaker of the UMD Libraries’ collections, including those in digital format. The Digital Preservation Policy supports this mission and is the highest-level digital preservation policy document in the UMD Libraries. The Policy makes explicit the UMD Libraries’ commitment to preserving content selected for retention by collection managers. It defines a comprehensive digital preservation program for both born-analog and born-digital collections. The audience for this policy includes UMD Libraries employees, digital content contributors, donors, and users.