Call for Abstracts

Moving Into the Mainstream, Enabling Our Digital Future

New Deadline for Abstracts: June 12

Digital technology has become indispensible to modern culture, commerce, science, education, and entertainment. As our dependence on the digital ecosystem increases, so does the need for effective and sustainable digital preservation policies, strategies, and practices so that the digital assets of our time will remain viable and useful to future generations.

Digital preservation is considered broadly as a continuum of intentions and activities leading to long-lived digital assets that can be used, re-used, and re-imagined in conventional and novel contexts now and into the future. The theme of the iPRES 2009 conference is "Moving into the mainstream, enabling our digital future," which is intended to spark discussion of:

  • Re-positioning preservation awareness and services further upstream in the digital lifecycle so that "born-archival" replaces "born-digital" as the norm
  • Re-emphasizing that digital preservation problems and solutions encompass legal, economic, and social as well as technological dimensions
  • Re-asserting the need for comprehensive integration of preservation analysis and activities into the organizational planning and operations of institutions that produce, manage, or exploit digital resources
  • Bringing preservation issues to the attention of the broader public in order to change minds, policies, and expectations
  • Stressing the importance of seeing digital preservation as an outcome resulting in usability

iPRES is a series of international conferences that seeks to address issues and further the art and science of digital preservation by bringing together experts and practitioners from across the spectrum of preservation disciplines. We invite you to submit papers and posters that present new research findings or novel applications of digital preservation, particularly those that demonstrate the mainstreaming of digital preservation activities and practices.

A selection of the outstanding papers from the iPRES 2009 conference will be submitted for publication to the International Journal of Digital Curation, a leading peer-reviewed journal of digital curation and preservation.

Important Dates

  • June 12, 2009: Submission of paper and poster abstracts
  • July 27, 2009: Notification of acceptance
  • September 18, 2009: Submission of camera-ready papers
  • October 5-6, 2009: iPRES 2009 conference

Format and Submission

Abstracts are due on June 12, 2009, and should be submitted to in PDF format. Paper abstracts should be between 300 and 1,000 words; poster abstracts should be between 200 and 500 words. All abstracts should include the names, titles, affiliations, and contact information for all authors.

Final papers can be up to eight pages in length (including references) in the AAAI style. See for more information. Full papers, and poster and paper abstracts, will be made available to conference attendees in paper and electronic form.

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