The Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group contains government, policy, and legal information archived by the Georgetown Law Library, the Harvard Law School Library, the Maryland State Law Library, and the Virginia State Law Library, including:
The Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group is a collaborative digital preservation program established to preserve and ensure permanent access to vital legal information currently available in digital formats on the World Wide Web. Through its efforts, the Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group aspires to lay the foundation for what could become a nationwide program to preserve materials supporting legal research, practice, and scholarship in the U.S.
Participating law libraries include:
The mission of the Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group is to successfully develop and implement a program to stabilize, preserve, and ensure permanent access to critical born-digital and digitized legal materials on the World Wide Web. The Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group is working to establish the beginnings of a strong regional digital archive collection of U.S. legal materials as well as a sound set of standards, policies, and best practices that could potentially serve to guide the future realization of a nationwide preservation program.
The Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group aims to set a precedent for a national movement to prevent the widespread loss of legal information in digital formats, securing these materials for generations to come. Through its efforts, the group hopes to help inspire, establish, and galvanize widespread participation in a comprehensive, collaborative, and nationwide preservation program for legal resources.
I. Georgetown University Law Library
The digital archive collection of the Georgetown University Law Library consists of secondary legal sources, such as reports and studies from commissions, task forces, agencies, organizations, scholarly societies, and lobbying groups. The library's collections are primarily topical and thematic, based on research and educational areas of interest at the Law Center.
Additional collection areas include law-related publications produced by and about the District of Columbia, and select high-interest reports and studies produced by federal commissions.
II. Harvard Law School Library
The digital archive collection of the Harvard Law School Library includes selected Harvard Law School publications, government documents (both U.S. and foreign), and secondary legal and law-related sources, such as reports and studies from organizations, scholarly societies, and other types of grey literature.
Individual publications are selected and submitted for capture by Harvard Law School librarians.
III. State Law Library of Maryland
The digital archive collection of the State Law Library of Maryland consists of selected digital material that describes, analyzes, documents, proposes, clarifies, or defines public policy and legal issues that affect the citizens of the state of Maryland.
Of particular interest are task force reports mandated by the Maryland General Assembly and reports of gubernatorial commissions. The Law Library seeks to not only capture the final report, but, when available, interim reports and meeting minutes.
The Law Library is also committed to collecting all publications issued by the Maryland Judiciary, as well as major reports, i.e. annual reports, special studies, handbooks, directives, etc., issued by Maryland executive agencies.
Finally, the Law Library collects selected publications from Maryland community and research organizations whose studies and reports provide an analysis of major issues of public policy and law. The Library will seek and retain copyright permission for those materials not in the public domain.
IV. Virginia State Law Library
The digital archive collection of the Virginia State Law Library consists of all publications issued by the Supreme Court of Virginia, such as annual reports, special studies, handbooks, directives, etc.
The Law Library is also committee to collecting all publications issued by the Judicial Council of Virginia and the range of administrative divisions, commissions, and task forces operating within Virginia's judicial branch of government. The Library will seek and retain copyright permission for those materials not in the public domain.
The Legal Information Archive is a collaborative digital archive established by the Legal Information Preservation Alliance (LIPA) to preserve and ensure permanent access to vital legal information currently published in digital formats. It represents an opportunity for the law library community to take on new responsibilities as stewards of our digital legal heritage. LIPA members are invited to nominate items to be included in the Archive using this form.
Institutions participating in the Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group respect copyright laws and the intellectual property rights of others.
Note that works archived and made accessible through the Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group may be protected by copyright. All archived works were originally published on the free Web and have been harvested for preservation purposes under a claim of fair use. Please consult the works directly for additional statements regarding copyright ownership and permissions.
If you are a copyright owner who objects to the preservation of your work in this fashion, or if you believe that your copyright has been violated by the efforts of the Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group, please make that concern known to the Law Librarian at Georgetown University, and the work will be removed from the digital archive.
Leah Prescott, Associate Law Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections
Georgetown University Law Library
111 G St., NW
Washington, DC 20001