Information Maintainers

About Us

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to support the maintenance of information and those who manage, maintain, and preserve information systems.

Community Values

Access: As Information Maintainers, we strive to balance equitable access to information with potentially harmful reuses of that information. We are mindful that systems that create, curate and disseminate information—as well as information itself—can be tools of both oppression and liberation.

Embodiment: We seek to embody our values in information practices and structures. We further acknowledge that all information is embodied information, and that our information practices have an impact on real, vulnerable human bodies and natural and created environments.

Inter-generationality: Information maintenance, like other forms of maintenance, calls for long-term thinking beyond our lived cultural context. We value inter-generational knowledge sharing as it is practiced in communities and institutions.

Translation: As Information Maintainers, we often translate information into more usable forms. We are likewise committed to remaining open to new and diverse perspectives, voices, and sources of information, supporting acts of translation that enable transformation and exchange.

How We Work

  • We research issues that lie at the intersection of information and data governance, ethics, and workforce care.

  • We develop and endorse educational resources that build and support the ethics of care within the information management and data governance sectors.

  • We engage in professional and internal organizational advocacy, and support the labor of information maintainers by developing resources such as case studies, talking points, and toolkits. 

  • We develop guidelines and frameworks to inform long-term, inter-generational thinking in community-based and institutional information maintenance.

Join In

Contribute to the Information Maintainers community. Start today by taking three steps:

  1. Review our community code of practice.

  2. Subscribe to our community’s mailing list.

  3. Introduce yourself.