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In 2018 the California Digital Library (CDL) and DuraSpace (now LYRASIS) announced a collaboration aimed at building an open, international community around Archival Resource Keys (ARKs) and their use as persistent identifiers in the open scholarly ecosystem.

Over 590 600 institutions (research, not-for-profit, private, government) across the world have registered to use ARKs.  They’ve created an estimated 3.2 billion ARKs with publicly resolvable links to objects (digital, physical, people, places, etc).

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These activities are just a start, and we continue to grow. To become involved, please fill out our Expression of Interest form and our Initial Interest Survey. If you’d like to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in this project, please see the Project Communications page on this wiki.

To get started assigning ARKs, check out the ARK FAQ and request a NAAN.

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