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In 2017, The Frances Loeb Library at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design received an IMLS National Forum Grant under the National Digital Platform funding priority to support two meetings of engaged stakeholders – architects, architectural historians, archivists, librarians, technologists, digital preservationists, and others who will frame a national/international collaborative infrastructure to support long-term preservation of digital design data. The Forum was held in April 2018 with a resulting extensive plan of action for work to move forward. The work continued in 2018-2019, engaging the CAD software vendor community, providing useful information about shifts in the software industry that impact the work in the design professions. During 2019-2022, the focus is given to developing preservation recommendations, and investigation into the intellectual property issues in collections of design records, and the impact on eventual collecting institutions.