As anyone who has worked in the digital knows, preservation is a major obstacle. The preservation of the September 11 Digital Archive can be understood as occurring in two parts.
First, in 2003, The Library of Congress accepted the Archive into their Permanent collections. This guaranteed the long term preservation of the Archive. This also signaled the first major digital acquisition for the Library of Congress.
The second part is maintaining the functionality of the Archive. Technology changes quickly and a stable platform is needed to ensure the usability of the Archive in the future. In 2011, the Center received a Saving America's Treasures grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as administered through the National Parks Service. The purpose of the grant is to preserve the nations history so that it can be enjoyed by future generations. The grant allowed the Center to move the Archive from its current, and dated, platform into Omeka.