GPO’s 2015 National Digital Stewardship Resident

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) welcomes the arrival of Jessica Tieman, GPO’s 2015 National Digital Stewardship Resident. Jessica holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science with a Specialization in Data Curation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her one-year residency with GPO, Jessica will be working with GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) Program Manager, Lisa LaPlant; Preservation Librarian, David Walls; and other GPO staff on the preparation for the audit and certification of FDsys as a trustworthy digital repository. Jessica’s work in preparation for the audit requires a review of GPO documentation, workflow, and business practices against the metrics specified in the ISO 16363:2013 Trusted Digital Repository (TDR) standard for the audit and certification of trustworthy digital repositories. This standard sets out comprehensive metrics for what a digital repository must do to securely manage its digital assets. Jessica will also be working on outreach to gather community feedback, compiling best practices of the certification process, and conducting and producing a report of an internal repository audit.

Jessica brings impressive experience in digital curation from her specialization in data curation as well as preservation experience gained through previous practicums with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and the National Archives and Records Administration office in St. Louis, Missouri.

The National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) is a collaborative field experience program developed by the Library of Congress and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). NDSR provides qualified postgraduate candidates the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills involving the collection, selection, management, long-term preservation, and accessibility of digital assets. The NDSR has aligned itself with prominent institutions in several cities to provide dynamic project work for recent graduates. GPO is pleased to be one of five host institutions selected for the 2015-2016 residency program. The other host institutions within the D.C. area include the American Institute of Architects, the D.C. Public Library, the National Library of Medicine, and the U.S. Senate Historical Office.

The mission of the NDSR is to build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance our nation's capabilities in managing, preserving, and making accessible the digital record of human achievement. This will enable current and future generations to fully realize the potential of digital resources now and for years to come.

The certification of FDsys as a Trusted Digital Repository will support GPO’s ability to manage and maintain permanent public access to digital Government information assets for the American public.

GPO is privileged to have received an NDS Resident. And we are particularly pleased to be working with Jessica as GPO moves forward with the TDR audit for certification.

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