The ARKs in the Open team is delighted to announce the formation of the ARKs-in-the-Open Advisory Group. The Advisory Group will provide a means for transitioning the ARK specification and registry from the California Digital Library to a community supported and managed activity.

Planning is underway for an initial meeting of the group to review the goals, proposed roadmap, and timetable, as well as to launch working groups dedicated to pursuing objectives related to outreach, technical best practices, and fundraising. Stay tuned for opportunities to get involved.

Introducing the founding members of the ARKs-in-the-Open Advisory Group:

  • Sayeed Choudhury (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Kurt Ewoldsen and John Kunze (California Digital Library)
  • John Howard (University College Dublin)
  • Frédérique Joannic-Seta (Bibliothèque nationale de France)
  • Martin Kalfatovic (Smithsonian Institution Libraries)
  • Brian McBride (University of Utah)
  • Mark Phillips (University of North Texas Libraries)
  • Andrew Treloar (Australian National Data Service)
  • Kate Wittenberg (Portico)

Meanwhile, we continue to receive expressions of interest in the project. We are very proud to have attracted interest and support from the following 23 organizations on 4 continents:

  • Australian National Data Service
  • Bibliothèque nationale de France
  • Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg
  • Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas – Argentina
  • The British Library
  • Family Search International
  • Indiana University
  • Institut Internationale de la Marionnette
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Portico
  • Sempiternelia
  • Service interministériel des Archives de France
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Texas A&M University Libraries
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Houston Libraries
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Maryland
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute
  • University of Utah

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