National Digital Stewardship Residency in New York Program Selects Residency Host Institutions


The National Digital Stewardship Residency in New York (NDSR-NY) program, an initiative to develop new professionals in digital stewardship through funded, post-graduate residencies, has selected the five host institutions for the 2014-2015 set of residency projects. The NDSR-NY host institutions will be the American Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Hall, The Museum of Modern Art, New York Art Resources Consortium, and New York University Libraries.

  • The American Museum of Natural History project focuses on inventorying research datasets and digital assets across the museum’s science departments to develop appraisal criteria, identify preservation challenges, and forecast storage needs and acquisition workflows.

  • Carnegie Hall will host a resident to write and streamline production workflows for creating and ingesting digital assets into a digital asset management system, and create and test digital preservation policies. 

  • The Museum of Modern Art’s project will use their digital repository as a testbed for serving the information needs and preservation standards of media conservation, preservation research, and access to born-digital artwork. 

  • New York Art Resources Consortium will develop and implement sustainable workflows and best practices for quality assurance, preservation metadata, and archival storage for their newly launched web archiving program.

  • New York University Libraries will host a resident to work on the planning and development of the tools, infrastructure, policies, and workflows needed to make born-digital archival collections discoverable and accessible to scholarly research.

IMLS_Logo_2c.jpgFull host proposals are available on the NDSR-NY website.

The NDSR-NY program is being administered by Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), with assistance from partner Brooklyn Historical Society. The project is supported by generous funding from the Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. A concurrent NDSR initiative run by Harvard Library and MIT Libraries is underway in Boston. The first implementation of NDSR in Washington D.C. and administered by Library of Congress is approaching the conclusion of the first cohort of residents.

The NDSR-NY program received 21 applications for the 5 available 2014-2015 residency projects, for an acceptance rate of 24%. That there were far more worthy proposals than available funded residencies is testament to the great digital stewardship work already underway in New York City libraries, archives, and museums.

Resident applications to NDSR-NY are still being accepted through May 30, 2014. Both NDSR-NY and NDSR-Boston will support a second round of five residencies in 2015-2016.