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About and Background

Funded by Cambridge University, and approved by the University’s Planning and Resource Committee, in October 2020, the Digital Preservation Programme is a five-year programme of work that will deliver organisation-wide change in how the Libraries' digital collection materials are managed.

The Programme looks to embed digital preservation thinking across area of collection management for digital materials and will deliver capabilities to manage digital materials throughout this lifecycle.

The result will be the Cambridge University Libraries Digital Preservation Service that will provide sustainable and integrated capabilities to manage digital collections that underpin digital scholarship now and over time.


  • Central place to store and manage digital materials
  • Improve end-to-end workflows reducing manual steps
  • Migrate to cloud, optimised where possible, reducing operational costs
  • Improve search, discovery, and access across digital collection materials


The core Digital Preservation Programme team is made up of a blend of dedicated programme staff, other members within the Libraries' Digital Initiatives Directorate, as well as staff within the Libraries' Programme Support Office. Members are listed below with their Programme roles:

  • Ceri Bennett, Digital Preservation Programme Support
  • Nick Butler, Senior Developer & Operations Specialist
  • John Gostick, Technical Lead
  • Lesley Gray, Digital Preservation Programme Senior Responsible Owner
  • Jenny Grewcock, Digital Preservation Programme Manager
  • Senior Developer & Operations Specialist (vacant)
  • Jay Pema, Infrastructure Service Senior Responsible Owner
  • Tuan Pham, Technical Director
  • Caylin Smith, Digital Preservation Service Senior Responsible Owner
  • Leontien Talboom, Technical Analyst
  • Digital Preservation Analyst (vacant)

The team works with colleagues across the Libraries, including Archives & Modern Manuscripts, Music Collections, Scholarly Communications, Open Research Systems, the Digital Content Unit, and others to understand content and user needs in order to deliver services that are fit for purpose.