Call for contributions

The call for contributions is now closed. Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process in the middle of June.

The iPres 2014 Coordinating Committee invites contributions of papers, posters, demonstrations, tutorials and workshops related to the increasingly broad world of digital preservation.

  1. Contribution topics
  2. Programme strands
  3. Paper types
  4. Peer review and inclusion in iPres 2014 proceedings
  5. Additional opportunities

See also: Author information and guidelines

Contribution topics

The 2014 conference is canvassing contributions along two primary axes – research and innovative practice. Contributions should address at least one of the following topics:

  • intelligent and secure storage
  • scalability
  • complex formats
  • large web data sets
  • software and hardware dependencies
  • system architectures and requirements
  • distributed and cloud-based implementations
  • institutional contexts for preservation
  • personal archiving
  • collaboration
  • collection content profiling
Strategic environment
  • legislative, strategy and policy enablers (eg preservation intent, pre-conditioning)
  • standards
  • local, regional and national approaches
Preservation strategies and workflows
  • migration
  • emulation
  • metadata
  • risk measurement and management
  • preservation planning and actions
  • acquisition and ingest
  • access provision
Specialist content types
  • web
  • GIS
  • digital art
  • primary, scientific, sensor data
  • governmental and medical records
  • technical and scientific processes
  • engineering models and simulation
  • corporate processes and recordkeeping
A digital preservation marketplace
  • products
  • tools
  • services
  • registries
  • understanding authenticity and integrity
  • exploitation of computationally aware data from our digital repositories
  • business models
  • added value
  • benefits
  • exploitation
  • long tail
Theory of digital preservation
  • models
  • empirical testing
  • measuring semantic shift
Case studies and best practice
  • implementations
  • repositories
  • issues and wins
Training and education
  • educational needs
  • curricula
  • innovative offerings

See the Author information and guidelines page for information on how to send a proposal according to the types below.

Programme strands

iPRES 2014 is being structured around two key strands - research and innovative practice. Papers are invited for both strands.

The purpose of this distinction is to promote work from both a research and innovative practice perspective and work that is clearly rooted in the actual experience of institutions undertaking digital preservation. We expect that there will be work that manages to encapsulate both of these strands, and that is welcomed.

All papers for iPRES 2014 should:

  • be leading edge
  • be innovative
  • help inform debate around what digital preservation is.

Paper types

Full and Short papers

Full papers (8 to 10 pages) will report research work with novel contributions and/or practical engagement with digital preservation problems that show a demonstrable advance in the practice of digital preservation.

Short papers (3 to 5 pages) can focus on new challenges and work in progress, whether in the research or innovative practice strand.

All contributions must report on novel and previously unpublished work and will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 members of the Programme Committee.

The accepted papers will be published in the iPRES 2014 proceedings.

A best paper award will be offered (AU $1000) and recommended for publication in an appropriate journal.

Posters and demonstrations

Submissions (up to 2 pages) are encouraged for posters reporting on emerging issues or work in progress, and also for demonstrations of innovative solutions. These submissions should describe the work to be presented and its contribution beyond the state of the art. Posters and demonstrations will be presented in a dedicated session during the conference.

All contributions will be peer-reviewed. The accepted poster and demonstration submissions will be published in the proceedings.

A best poster award (AU $500) will be offered.


Proposals for thematic panels to be held during the main conference programme can be submitted by 3 to 5 experts. Acceptance will be judged on the merits of the proposal and relevance for the expected audience. Proposals must detail the subject, motivation and panellists.


Proposals for thematic workshops are welcome. Proposals must detail the subject, scope, programme strand and intended content. Ideally, workshops should be open to public registration and participation. Acceptance will be judged on the merits of the proposal, requirements for its organisation, and local capability to support it (which should not be a major constraint).


Tutorials must be on a single topic, addressed at either an introductory level or an in-depth, expert level. Submissions for tutorials should be a maximum of 2 pages, including a brief abstract and an outline of the content, the duration (half-day 3 hours or full-day 6 hours), a description of the intended audience and the expected learning outcomes, and a short biography of the presenter(s).

Peer review and inclusion in iPres 2014 proceedings

All submissions will be subject to peer review. Those that are accepted for inclusion in the conference will be published in the iPRES 2014 proceedings. For full and short papers, the full text will be published. For posters, demonstrations, workshops, tutorials and panels, abstracts will be published. After receiving results of the peer review, authors will have an opportunity to edit their submissions for the final proceedings. In order to ensure inclusion in the proceedings, authors should submit final text by 15 August 2014.

Additional opportunities

Submissions are also encouraged for associated activities outside the formal programme. Responsibility for planning and management of these would be with the submitting organisation. The Programme Committee would appreciate being notified and consulted about such activities in order to best coordinate efforts with the conference programme.

Key dates

Oct 10
10 Oct 2014 – conference ends

iPres 2014 ends - farewell to our conference delegates