We offer two categories of membership: Charter and Affiliate. The full list of member benefits is described in our Strategy. Members are bound by the terms set out in our Articles of Association.

Membership subscriptions are tiered according to the annual operating budget of the member organisation. Affiliate members may contribute any combination of budget and effort. Where effort is being proposed to further the aims of the community, work must be specified in advance and agreed with the Board of Directors.

Annual operating budget* Charter Affiliate
> £50m £10,000 40 days OR £5,000
£10m – £50m £5,000 20 days OR £2,500
< £10m £2,500 10 days OR £1,250

* Consortial memberships are welcomed and will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

 Membership Benefits

Member benefit Affiliate Charter
Eligible for board membership
Set strategy and approve annual plan
Consulted in member surveys
Annual General Meeting (AGM) 1 vote 2 votes
Prioritise software for stewardship and define maturity model
Request software evaluations and packaging for deployment
Support in open-source development practices
Priority for tech clinic
Contribute requirements to software evaluations
Access evaluation reports, online demonstrators, training materials
Establish interest groups on specific topics
Commission events and training materials
Request external review of digital preservation practice
Participate in interest groups and priority access to events
Access archive of event recordings and training materials
Advocacy and Alliances
Steer projects and collaborations
Priority consultation in funded projects

For more information about our work and how your organisation can benefit from becoming a member, take a look at our Strategy.

Please note that we offer discounts for multi-year commitments: 5% for two years and 10% for three years.

To apply, please download and complete our application form and return it by email with the subject ‘membership application’.  Please also send a paper copy by post. Affiliate members wishing to contribute effort should also complete the proposal form.

Membership Application Form
Affiliate Proposal Form

All membership applications are subject to approval at our monthly meeting of the Board of Directors. If you have any questions regarding membership please contact us.