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Meetings

The first meeting was held May 21-22 at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). It brought major stakeholders in the archive and library communities together to build support for and to begin the planning necessary to establish a sustainable national archival authorities cooperative program. A report is available here. The second meeting was attended by a team of twelve leading experts in administration and community-based governance of cooperative or consortial programs, and in the technological infrastructure for collaborative maintenance and publication of descriptive data.

The second meeting was held October 4-5 at NARA, to synthesize feedback from the first meeting and develop a detailed outline of the essential business, administrative, and technological components of the national cooperative. The next step is to further refine the draft blueprint in preparation for a final call for comment.

The project staff will incorporate all changes into a final white paper, to be submitted to the full group for its approval in late summer of 2013 and published in September 2013.