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Nancy Y. McGovern

Faculty Emeritus

Nancy Y. McGovern was one of the original faculty members who helped shape the Institute. Nancy is the Digital Preservation Officer (DPO) and a Research Assistant Professor at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), a social science data archive that was established in 1962 at the University of Michigan. Her responsibilities as the DPO include developing and promulgating policies that reflect prevailing standards and practice in the digital preservation community, and developing appropriate preservation strategies for the expanding range of social science digital content ICPSR collects. Her research interests include the organizational infrastructure for digital preservation and the means for the digital preservation community to continually respond to the preservation opportunities and challenges of evolving technology. She has almost 25 years of experience with the preservation of digital content, including a decade working on electronic records at the US National Archives. She completed her PhD on technology responsiveness for the digital preservation community at University College London in 2009. She was designated a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in 2009 and a Digital Preservation Pioneer by NDIIPP in 2010.