It is common in discussing technical infrastructure to talk about the IT “stack”. This discussion walks through a model for the Digital Preservation Management stack with requisite layers of organizational infrastructure for sustainable digital preservation programs. The DPM stack applies concepts from the DPM model, an organizational maturity model that defines five stages to build a sustainable program. This is represented by a three-legged stool with an organizational, a technological, and a resources leg.
Since 2012, Nancy Y. McGovern has been responsible for digital preservation at MIT Libraries. She directs the Digital Preservation Management (DPM) workshop series, offered more than fifty times since 2003. She has almost thirty years of experience with preserving digital content, including senior positions at ICPSR; Cornell University Library; the Open Society Archives; and the Center for Electronic Records of the U.S. National Archives. She founded the Digital Records Expert Group of the International Council on Archives (ICA). In 2015, she was elected Vice President/President-elect of SAA. She completed her PhD on digital preservation at University College London in 2009.