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Stephen Abrams

Stephen Abrams


UC Curation Center (UC3)


Associate Director


Stephen is responsible for strategic planning, innovation, and technical oversight of UC3’s services, systems, and initiatives in preservation, data curation, data management planning, and web archiving.


B.A. in Mathematics, Boston University

A.L.M. in History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University


Stephen is the principal architect of the Merritt curation repository and a leading advocate for the micro-services design patterns on which it is based. His most recent work involves economic cost modeling for long-term sustainability of digital library services, with a particular emphasis on paid-up or endowment pricing. He is well-known as an expert on the role and importance of formats in digital library and preservation systems and services, and was the architect and project manager for the JHOVE, JHOVE2, and Unified Digital Format Registry (UDFR) projects. He was the ISO project leader and document editor for ISO/TC 171/SC 2/WG 5, the PDF/A standard. He has also served in an advisory and governing capacity for many digital library projects and programs, including the Facade project, the IIPC steering committee, the Jewish Women’s Archive, the MoMA Digital Repository for Museum Collections working group, the PLANETS project, and on conference program committees for iPRES, Open Repositories, and the DLF Forum. Prior to joining the CDL in 2008, Stephen was the digital library program manager at the Harvard University Library.

Committees/ Affiliations

  • 4C Advisory Board
  • DataONE preservation working group
  • DPN business model working group
  • FADGI still image working group advisory board
  • IS&T Archiving Conference program committee
  • NDSA innovation working group