The ARK Alliance community comprises institutions and people who use or assign ARK identifiers as well as those interested in promoting ARKs and sustaining the open ARK infrastructure, which consists of standards, best practices, the resolver, and the registry of ARK organizations.

Global distribution of over 1000 ARK organizations.

The ARK Alliance emerged from a collaboration between the California Digital Library and DuraSpace/LYRASIS. Launched in 2018, it has gained the support of 43 institutions. In 2021 the ARK Alliance became a proud member of the NDSA, an international consortium committed to the long-term preservation of digital information.

How to get involved

  1. Join a discussion group (in English) or 🇫🇷 liste de discussion (francophone)
  2. Follow the ARK Alliance on twitter @arks_org
  3. Read the ARK Alliance blog
  4. Sign up for our newsletter
  5. Submit a community news item or blog post using this online form
  6. Tell us about yourself by filling out a 5-minute ARK survey (in English) or 🇫🇷 une enquête ARK (version française)
  7. Tell us about your interest in helping with the work of the ARK Alliance
  8. Contact us about joining a working group: Outreach, Registry, Technical, Advisory

Who is creating ARKs

Since 2001 over 1000 organizations across the world registered to assign ARKs. The registry includes national and university libraries and archives, art museums, natural history museums, publishers, data centers, government agencies, vendors, and research labs. To register your organization, fill out this online request form.

chart of growth of ARK-assigning organizations since 2001

What ARKs are being assigned to (September 2020):

We continue to receive expressions of interest and have attracted support from the following 43 institutions on 4 continents:

  • Australian National Data Service
  • Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
  • Bibliothèque nationale de France
  • Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg
  • The British Library
  • Caltech (California Institute of Technology)
  • City University of New York
  • Colectica
  • Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas – Argentina
  • Crossref
  • DaSCH, Swiss National Data & Service Center for the Humanities
  • DeSci Labs
  • ENIP – Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit
  • Family Search International
  • HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Haute école de gestion de Genève
  • Indiana University
  • Institut Internationale de la Marionnette
  • Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  • Internet Archive
  • Max Planck Institute for Art History – Bibliotheca Hertziana
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Penn State University
  • Portico
  • Sempiternelia
  • Service interministériel des Archives de France
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Texas A&M University Libraries
  • Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC)
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Houston Libraries
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Maryland
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Pennsylvania Libraries
  • University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute
  • University of Utah
  • University of Virginia
  • Zürcher Hochschule der Künste