Preservation of Electronic Government Information (PEGI)


Preservation of Electronic Government Information (PEGI) is a two-year initiative to address national concerns regarding the preservation of electronic government information by cultural memory organizations for long term use by the citizens of the United States.


This project brings together librarians, technologists, and other information professionals from the Center for Research Libraries, the University of North Texas, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Arizona State University, the University of Missouri, Yale University, and Stanford University. The PEGI project has been informed by a series of meetings between university librarians, information professionals, and representatives of federal agencies, including the Government Publishing Office and the National Archives and Records Administration. The focus is at-risk government digital information of long term historical significance which is not being adequately harvested from the Web or by other automated means.  

The project will conduct a multimodal environmental scan of at-risk federal digital content. An educational awareness and advocacy outreach program will take place in 2018, the second year of the project. Finally, the project will analyze and develop recommendations for a collaborative national agenda for future work to continue improving preservation and access to electronic government information. 

For more on the PEGI Project, please go to the PEGI website  


Early PEGI Documents

Dec 2016 Meeting Notes

Reflections. Digital Preservation Summit April 2016

March 2017 Conference Call Notes

April 2017 Conference Call Notes

Project Proposal



The Impact of CRL

Stories illustrating CRL’s impact on research, teaching, collection building and preservation.

Documenting the Legal Record of Precarious Regimes

CRL’s Official Gazettes and Civil Society Documentation website offers published versions of new laws, legislative debates, and court decisions from at-risk regimes.

Excavating Attitudes on Opium Prohibition from Colonial Records

British Colonial Office records held by CRL reveal the dynamics of a robust opium trade in Southeast Asia in the late 19th and early 20th century.