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Washington University
Fiscal Year: 
Saint Louis
Recipient Type: 
National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Program Categories: 
Curating Collections - National Forum

The Washington University in St. Louis Libraries, University of Iowa Libraries, and the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology will hold two meetings titled "Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation" (CS3DP), to bring together stakeholders to work toward establishing shared standards, practices, and technologies for digital 3D data preservation, documentation, and dissemination. While some resources exist for learning how to create and work with 3D data, resources related to preservation are lacking. The first forum will bring together diverse experts from the community to explore digital 3D preservation topics and establish working groups. Between meetings, working groups will continue to engage online. In the second forum, participants will explore the working groups' solutions and agree on a roadmap for digital 3D preservation. The forums will produce a community-developed plan to move 3D preservation, documentation, and dissemination forward, will make recommendations for standards and best practices through a white paper, and will create a plan for sustaining these investments.