Stephen Abrams
Head of Digital Preservation, Harvard Library


Stephen Abrams is head of digital preservation for the Harvard Library, with responsibility for policy, strategic planning, innovation, and oversight of Library’s preservation initiatives, systems, and services. He has been active in the digital library community for over 20 years and has served in an advisory or governing capacity for many projects and organizations, including Web Archive, Cobweb, Collaboration to Clarify the Costs of Curation (4C), Dat-in-the-Lab, DataONE, End-of-Term Web Archive, Facade, Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI), International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC), Jewish Women’s Archive, JHOVE and JHOVE2, Make Data Count (MDC), National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), PLANETS, and PRONOM, and program committees for the DLF, IDCC, iPRES, IS&T Archiving, JCDL, and Open Repositories conferences. His doctoral research focuses on frameworks for evaluating the efficacy of digital preservation activities when viewed as technically-mediated human communication across time and concomitant technical and cultural distance.