iPRES - International Conference on Digital Preservation
International Conference on Digital Preservation


iPRES is a series of conferences on digital preservation. Since 2004, iPRES conferences have been held on three continents.


iPRES 2014 will take place in Melbourne, Australia





Broad scope - The iPRES series embraces a variety of topics in digital preservation - from strategy to implementation, and from international and regional initiatives to small organisations. Within this broad topic area, each conference defines a slightly different focus.

Inclusive dialogue - A key element of iPRES conferences is their inclusiveness. Experts from all parts of the world contribute to the organisation, and the programme aims to embrace new perspectives.

Cooperative goals - Alongside a carefully designed official programme, participants have many opportunities for discussion with international colleagues. The iPRES series aims to foster international interaction and collaboration.


The iPRES series

Each iPRES conference has a different focus and convenes different participants. The local host shapes and organises the event with the assistance of a group of international experts, and in light of experiences from previous iPRES conferences.

The iPRES steering group

The iPRES steering group consists of members from conference hosters which have participated in at least three conferences.

  • Andreas Rauber (Chair of the iPRES Steering Group, Vienna University of Technology - VUT, Austria)
  • Jose Borbinha (INESC-ID, Portugal)
  • Raju Buddharaju (National Library Board, Singapore)
  • Adam Farquhar (The British Library, UK)
  • Max Kaiser (Austrian National Library, Austria)
  • John Kunze (University of California, US)
  • Natalie Pang (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Seamus Ross (i-School, University of Toronto)
  • Stefan Strathmann (Göttingen State and University Library - SUB, Germany)
  • Shigeo Sugimoto (University of Tsukuba, Japan)

The iPRES history

An invitation of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) and eIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) in 2003 provided the initial impetus for the iPRES series. Eight European experts in digital preservation contributed to the first iPRES conference in Beijing, July 2004. After the completion of a successful conference in Beijing, the German Research Council (DFG) called for a follow-up event. The second iPRES conference, held in Göttingen in October 2005, was organised together with the German digital preservation network, nestor and with funding by the DFG and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). After conferences in Asia and Europe, iPRES continued in 2006 at Cornell, in North America.


For comments and suggestions on the iPRES series, please contact ipres-info(at)ipres-conference.org.




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