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Group Charter

Charter for "Saving the Digital World"


  • Serve as an ad-hoc alliance of interested parties to promote  future access to usable, understandable, and trustworthy  digital information for as far into the future as necessary.   This alliance encompasses individuals and organizations concerned about achieving these goals, especially not-for-profit organizations, academic institutions and government agencies.
  • Sponsor and support initiatives that help assure appropriate access and preservation of digital information. 
  • Research, develop, combine, link and distribute appropriate digital preservation guidance and best practices  to help individuals, governments, corporations, associations and institutions to establish and support  sustained access usable, understandable, and trustworthy digital information.
  • Encourage industry-wide development of standards, best practices and knowledge necessary and sufficient to attain acceptable levels of persistent usability of digital information.
  • Expand and refine savingthedigitalworld.com as reliable source of information on all issues impacting long-term preservation of digital information.


  • A key objective of STDW is to facilitate interchange of standards and best practices across affiliated organizations, including these:
    • PASIG (Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group)
    • NAGARA (National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators)
    • CoSA (Council of State Archivists)
    • SNIA (Storage Networking Association)
    • SAA (Society of American Archivists)
    • ARMA (originally American Records Management Association)
    • AIIM (originally Association for Information and Image Management)
    • NASCIO (chief information officers of the States)
    • AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association)
    • HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society)
    • NARA (National Archives and Records Administration)
    • LAC (Library and Archives Canada)
    • ICRM-CRM (Institute of Certified Records Managers)
    • IEEE (originally Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).