New agreement with DPN further enhances ICPSR’s commitment to long-term data preservation

Since its founding in 1962, ICPSR has maintained several copies of its data holdings in off-site locations. Now, a new agreement will further enhance ICPSR’s commitment to long-term data preservation.

ICPSR is a longtime member of the Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences (Data-PASS), which recently joined the Digital Preservation Network (DPN). Data-PASS members who can now deposit data into DPN, a membership organization dedicated to developing the services, tools and infrastructure needed by research and cultural heritage institutions for the long-term preservation of digital content. DPN has also developed the legal agreements that enable succession and protect against institutional failure. 

DPN is comprised of members working together to address the most difficult challenges of preserving scholarship to secure it for the next generation of scholars and beyond.

The Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences (Data-PASS) is a voluntary partnership of organizations created to archive, catalog and preserve data used for social science research. 

ICPSR Director Maggie Levenstein expressed her enthusiasm for the new agreement. “Partnering with DPN extends one of the original goals of the Data-PASS partners: replicated preservation of archival collections. We look forward to working with DPN to ensure the long-term preservation of important social science data collections.”

“Data-PASS has placed its trust in DPN for the long term preservation of its content. ICPSR and other Data-PASS partners have joined with DPN members to ensure that their valuable digital assets are protected for scholars long into the future. By depositing the content into the DPN network of repositories, these important data collections will be available to future generations of researchers,” said Mary Molinaro, DPN’s executive director. 

For more information:
The Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences (Data-PASS)
The Digital Preservation Network (DPN)


Contact: Dory Knight-Ingram,

May 4, 2017

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