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iPRES Conference 2008

Fifth International Conference on Digital Preservation
London, England, September 29-30, 2008

Joined Up and Working: Tools and Methods for Digital Preservation

Call for papers

The value and volume of digital information increases year on year. Our scientific, cultural, and social heritage becomes digital and the need to ensure that it can be effectively preserved becomes more urgent. This problem is not confined within national boundaries and is not specific to any discipline.  We must work together to solve the challenges posed by this historic change. Whilst easily envisaged, collaborative working across national boundaries requires commitment, planning and co-ordination, and the theme of this year’s conference is designed to focus minds on how that can be achieved.

There are, in addition, further areas where the community needs to consider the value of a joined up approach. Stronger links can be forged between libraries and archives or between those practising scientific data curation and those involved with preserving arts and humanities information or learning materials. We need to strengthen the ties between theory and practice in digital preservation. It should be possible to show that preservation practice is underpinned by theory and can deliver benefits to stakeholder communities.

iPRES is a series of international conferences that seek to address issues relating to digital preservation by bringing together experts and practitioners across the spectrum of digital preservation disciplines. We invite you to submit papers and presentations that present substantial new results, contribute to the conceptual foundations of digital preservation, or show novel applications of existing work. Empirical evidence demonstrating what works – and what doesn’t – is also welcome.

Abstracts should be submitted in pdf format and be limited to 2 pages and 1,000 words. This includes title and author information, but excludes references. The evaluation will be based on the quality of the submission. Submission will be through:

Final papers will be submitted in AAAI style (pdf only).

Final versions of papers may be considerably longer than the submissions: for each accepted paper 8 pages in will be allocated in the proceedings.

Topics of interest include:

Practical Preservation Work

      • Identifying and preserving specific classes of digital material
      • Repositories and preservation service architectures
      • Automated routines
      • Linking publication with primary data
      • Impact of Web 2.0 approaches
      • Case studies (particularly ones involving work across communities)
      • Training and community engagement
      • Dealing with personal archives

Policy and Costs

      • Sustainability
      • Economic and business models
      • Articulating the benefits of preservation
      • Implementing policy
      • Case studies
      • Digital lifecycle costing
      • Audit and certification
      • Scalable quality assurance
      • National and international collaboration

Conceptual and Theoretical Work

      • Conceptual frameworks and models
      • Significant Properties and Representation Information
      • Evaluating and selecting systems

Conference Chairs:
General Chair: Adam Farquhar
Local Chair: Jane Humphreys

Important Dates:
Submission of title and abstract: 11 June, 2008
Notification of acceptance: 25 June, 2008
Camera-ready papers due: 15 August, 2008
Deadline for early-bird registration: 21 July, 2008
Registration deadline: September 22, 2008
iPres08 Conference: September, 29-30, 2008

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