Meet our Sponsors: Digital Preservation Network: David

The Annual RDAP Summit wouldn’t be possible without our generous sponsors. This year we’ve asked each organization sponsoring at the contributor level or higher to introduce one (or two) of their staff members to the RDAP Community through a short interview.  Take a moment to get to know some of the faces you’ll see at this year’s summit.

Today’s interviewee is David Pcolar, Technical Officer, Digital Preservation Network (DPN).

David Pcolar, Technical Officer, Digital Preservation Network (DPN)
David Pcolar, Technical Officer, Digital Preservation Network (DPN)

Q: Who are you and what do you do?

I’m David Pcolar, Technical Officer, Digital Preservation Network (DPN). I coordinate the work of our preservation storage service providers, resolve member’s technical issues, and explore new workflows, tools, and techniques to improve services supporting DPN’s mission.

DPN is a 40+ membership organization investing in long-term, scalable digital preservation. Our mission is to preserve scholarly content for the next generation of researchers.

We are a dark archive for the academy.

DPN’s technical service is content transportation and tracking logistics, assuring content is viable in multiple preservation environments and providing geographic distribution.

Q: Have you ever attended an RDAP Summit before?

No, this is my first RDAP Summit.

Q: What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Summit?

Meeting attendees and better understanding their needs for data management practices.

Q: What data-thing or project has you the most excited right now?

DPN is rolling out a new service for large content and high-volume members. In a partnership with established service providers, the new service will support very large datasets and other large content streams to be quickly and cost-efficiently preserved.

Q: What else should the RDAP community should know about you and DPN?

DPN is part an organizational effort to develop a code of shared values for digital preservation providers. The working document is available at: