Saving software together.

The Software Preservation Network (SPN) is a leading organization established to facilitate and support software preservation efforts. SPN preserves software through community engagement, infrastructure support and knowledge generation in five core activity areas including Legal & Policy Advocacy, Metadata & Standards Development, Training & Education, Research-in-Practice and Technological Infrastructure.

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Saving software together.

The Software Preservation Network (SPN) is a leading organization in the USA, established to facilitate and support software preservation efforts. SPN preserves software through community engagement, infrastructure support and knowledge generation in five core activity areas including Legal & Policy Advocacy, Metadata & Standards Development, Training & Education, Research-in-Practice and Technological Infrastructure.

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Saving software together.

The Software Preservation Network (SPN) is a leading organization in the USA, established to facilitate and support software preservation efforts. SPN preserves software through community engagement, infrastructure support and knowledge generation in five core activity areas including Legal & Policy Advocacy, Metadata & Standards Development, Training & Education, Research-in-Practice and Technological Infrastructure.

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Our Values

Community

Software spans sectors, industries and disciplinary domains. Through our shared community of practice we develop a body of shared tools, responses and strategies for preservation, reuse and sharing of software.

Sustainability

Sustainable preservation is not achieved by a single decision or action. It requires a series of decisions made by multiple actors and stakeholders over the lifecycle of digital resources.” – Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access

Access

Access must accommodate current and future users. The Access Breakdown is the breakdown of social structures that support information access; this breakdown necessitates system level change that acknowledges software as infrastructure.

Transparency

“True transparency is culturally ingrained in the DNA of the organization. It encourages constructive questioning and honest probing focused on mission and guided by core beliefs.” – Mario Marino

Advocacy

People or groups advocate to influence decisions within political, economic and social systems. “[advocacy] is integral to all aspects of archival work.” – SAA Sampler on Archival Advocacy

Transparency

“True transparency is culturally ingrained in the DNA of the organization. It encourages constructive questioning and honest probing focused on mission and guided by core beliefs.” – Mario Marino

Advocacy

People or groups advocate to influence decisions within political, economic and social systems. “[advocacy] is integral to all aspects of archival work.” – SAA Sampler on Archival Advocacy

Community

Software spans sectors, industries and disciplinary domains. Through our shared community of practice we develop a body of shared tools, responses and strategies for preservation, reuse and sharing of software.

Sustainability

Sustainable preservation is not achieved by a single decision or action. It requires a series of decisions made by multiple actors and stakeholders over the lifecycle of digital resources.” – Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access

Access

Access must accommodate current and future users. The Access Breakdown is the breakdown of social structures that support information access; this breakdown necessitates system level change that acknowledges software as infrastructure. 

Transparency

“True transparency is culturally ingrained in the DNA of the organization. It encourages constructive questioning and honest probing focused on mission and guided by core beliefs.” – Mario Marino

Advocacy

People or groups advocate to influence decisions within political, economic and social systems. “[advocacy] is integral to all aspects of archival work.” – SAA Sampler on Archival Advocacy

SPN is sincerely grateful for all forms of support:

  1. In-kind contributions of time and expertise from SPN participants
  2. Direct financial support from the Institute for Museum and Library Services
  3. Affiliated project support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation