Are you concerned about saving the bits and bytes of your research?
The Library of Congress is here to help with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, or NDIIPP (pronounced “n-dip”). Their mission has evolved since the group was first mandated in 2001:
Over the last 10 years we have built a national network of collaborative partnerships to help preserve important digital content, build new tools and develop best practices. The partnerships span different communities, including universities, federal and state government agencies and the commercial creative content industry. This is a new approach. Libraries, archives and other memory institutions traditionally have worked separately to acquire and manage their collections. But digital is different—it calls for a new kind of capacity that is difficult for a single institution to build on its own. The only practicable way forward is collaboration: in building technical infrastructure, in sharing knowledge, in developing best practices and in assigning roles and responsibilities for stewarding digital collections.
Today NDIIPP also recognizes the vast and growing personal digital archives created by family historians and has some great information available on digital preservation.
NDIIPP has an annual conference and a newsletter, but I think their blog is the best. Visit it here.