How It Works

If you wouldn’t trust outsiders to manage your rare books, why would you hand them your digital collections?

The MetaArchive Cooperative was founded to encourage archives, libraries, museums and other such organizations to build their own preservation infrastructures and expertise rather than outsourcing this core service to external vendors.

We strive to be as transparent in our activities and in our governance as possible. Our Steering Committee is comprised of representatives from our Sustaining Member institutions. You can review our cooperative charter, membership agreement, and management and operation plans in the Documentation section.

To keep digital preservation affordable to a wide range of organizations, we offer three levels of membership.