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The iPres 2022 Ad Hoc Call is now open and we welcome your proposals!

Lightning talks, digital preservation games, an Unconference – once again iPres offers exciting submission categories beyond the traditional paper, panel, poster, workshop and tutorial submissions. These Ad Hoc sessions are lightly reviewed and are not submitted through the portal, and abstracts are not published in the proceedings. Submit your ideas and bring them along to share at iPres 2022!

iPres 2022 Ad Hoc program

  • Lightning Talks
  • Games Room
  • Unconference
  • Professional Visits
  • Career Development
  • Suggest an activity


 These sessions will:

  • have a lightweight submission process 
  • be coordinated and lightly reviewed by the iPres 2022 Program Committee
  • be handled on a “first come, first served” basis


Important Dates

Submissions for the iPres 2022 Ad Hoc Program will be accepted between 23 May – 22 July.

More information
You can find more detailed information on the Ad Hoc Program page. If you have any questions about the iPres 2022 Ad Hoc Program, please contact ipres2022@in-conference.org.uk.

Community Call: Digital Preservation Bake-Off Challenge

Do you often encounter tricky files that can’t be identified? Do you have pesky system files that you would like to see automatically excluded from your deposit? Do you have special metadata requirements that your users can’t live without? Do you feel that there really ought to be a system or a tool that can tackle a process you currently do manually? Or do you really just want to see how other tools or solutions approach a workflow that you use? 

Look no further! Let us know which digital preservation challenges you would like to see tackled during iPres 2022 as part of the Digital Preservation Bake-Off Challenge and your questions will be answered. Provide your input before 23 May via this form!

The iPres 2022 Program Committee wants to know what you would like to see at the Digital Preservation ‘Bake-Off’ Challenge. That’s why we are opening this community call. Although there is no actual baking at the Bake-Off, the whimsical name of this activity sets the light-hearted tone to a serious purpose.

The Digital Preservation Bake-Off Challenge is framed as a competition between solution providers who will demonstrate their products while allowing conference delegates to observe the process and verify the claims that are made. 

A group of judges provide a common challenge (set by you, the community, in answer to this call) based on a common set of inputs and requirements, to the participating group of solution providers who are each given a fixed amount of time to produce a required output using their standard toolkits and workflows. 

At the end of the allotted time, the judges assess whether the participants have achieved the desired goal and award prizes accordingly. This approach means solution providers demonstrate their systems and tools based on real world problems selected by the community, but are also able to learn from the experience. 

Set the Challenge!
We invite suggestions of real digital preservation challenges which can be put to the test by solution providers and developers. These should focus on practical impediments to the preservation of digital materials. They should be based on real world situations but be of wide enough relevance that they will be recognised by the global digital preservation community. The challenges may relate to any competent digital preservation theme, such as integrating digital preservation into line-of-business systems, thorny content types, metadata extraction and handling, meeting user requirements, scaling up, or achieving greater efficiencies while not sacrificing quality of outcomes. They may also relate to end to end systems or specific tools and applications. It is preferred though not essential that these relate to one of more of the themes of the conference.

We are curious to know which digital preservation challenges you would like to see tackled in the Great Digital Preservation Bake-Off, so please make your suggestions via this form. 

iPres looks to the future: host cities announced for 2024, 2025 and 2026

After an intense period of competition and rigorous assessment, the iPres Steering Group is delighted to announce that the following cities have been selected to host the conference in the years ahead:

  • 2024: Ghent, Belgium
  • 2025: Wellington, New Zealand
  • 2026: Copenhagen, Denmark

‘iPres is the premier international conference on digital preservation’ explained William Kilbride, General Chair of iPres in 2022.  ‘It brings delegates from around the world, and from many different backgrounds and sectors.  Digital preservation depends on collaboration and iPres is a critical part of the social infrastructure needed to secure digital materials in the long term. It’s been doing that very successfully since 2004, but the pandemic has disrupted its progress in the last couple of years.’

‘We’ve been working hard to prepare a welcoming and thought-provoking conference in Glasgow this year, and I know colleagues in University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are preparing a great programme in 2023 too. It’s really pleasing to know that the future of iPres is in such safe hands after that. It’s wonderfully encouraging also to know that there were so many agencies and partnerships around the world had applied to host the conference.’

Dries Moreels, General Chair of iPres 2024: “We are honored to welcome the international digital preservation community in Ghent and Flanders in 2024. Joining forces with more than 20 partners, we aim to make iPRES 2024 a lasting success by boosting exchange between and across research and practice and by strengthening international networks in digital preservation.”

Andrea Goethals of the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington welcomed the news saying, ‘We are honoured and excited to welcome the iPres community to Wellington and Aotearoa New Zealand in 2025.’

Eld Zierau of Det Kgl. Bibliotek in Copenhagen responded to the news saying, ‘This is fantastic news! Royal Danish Library, The Danish National Archives and Copenhagen University are really looking forward to host iPres 2026. We are very honoured and will of course do our best to make an inspiring and fruitful conference.’

Early Bird Registration is now open - register now to attend iPres 2022!

We are thrilled to announce that the Early Bird Registration for iPres 2022 is now open! Register now to secure your place and benefit from the early bird fee!

On the program

iPres 2022 will offer an in-person and an online program, including digital preservation workshops, tutorials, paper presentations, panel discussions, a bake-off, posters and professional visits (both in-person and virtual) to Scottish Heritage Institutes. 

This year, the conference has the title Data For All, For Good, Forever: Let Digits Flourish. It invites reflection and debate about how digital preservation can support communities, ecologies, economies and ideas, so that they might flourish too. We have exciting keynotes lined up for you, which we will reveal very soon.

Supported Participation

iPres 2022 would like to enable as many people as possible to attend the conference in September, whether online or in person. We are therefore delighted to share funding opportunities which will reduce the costs of registration and travel for attendees who might not be able to participate otherwise. 

Find out more

Event Description

iPres is the premier and longest-running conference series on digital preservation. Since 2004, annual iPres conferences have been hosted around the globe on four continents. Over the course of five days, between 12th and 16th September 2022, for delegates participating in person iPres 2022 will take place at the impressive Technology & Innovation Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, and those joining remotely will have access to a substantial online program. Follow this link to read more.

Register now to attend iPres 2022!

Register now for the Early Bird fee and come celebrate the 18th conference with us at iPres 2022 online or in Glasgow, Scotland, from 12th – 16th September 2022!

Call for Contributions is now closed

Thank you to all authors who submitted a paper or proposal for the 2022 Conference. The Call for Contributions is now officially closed.

We are thrilled to have 130 submissions for iPres 2022! What an amazing finish with so many proposals submitted in the last hours of the Call. Over the next  months the Program Committee will review the numerous proposals. By 18 May authors will hear if their submission is accepted.

Thanks again to all who submitted their great session ideas. Without you iPres wouldn’t be as inspirational as it is.

PS: Don’t forget to subscribe to the iPres Newsletter and get monthly updates on all upcoming important dates!

Final Call for Contributions for iPres 2022

Calling all potential contributors to iPres 2022:  the deadline for your contributions is 8 March (23:59:59 UTC). We look forward to your full papers and short papers as well as proposals for workshops, tutorials, posters, panel discussions, hack-a-thons and suggestions for the Digital Preservation Bake-Off Challenge. 

Your Contribution
We encourage submissions which describe collaborations across and beyond cultural heritage domains, and we welcome proposals that describe research and practice in agencies of all sizes and in all sectors. We extend a particular welcome to newcomers to iPres and recent entrants into the digital preservation community. 

Contribute in person or online
iPres 2022 will be a hybrid conference and proposals are welcome whether or not contributors expect to be present on site. The deadline for all proposals remains the same: 8 March 2022, 23:59:59 UTC.

More Information
You can find more details about submitting your proposal and the topics of interest on the Call for Contribution page. Please contact us at ipres2022@in-conference.org.uk if you have any questions in regard to submissions. 


PS: 
Don’t forget to subscribe to the iPres Newsletter and get monthly updates on all upcoming important dates!

Reminder: Call for Contributions iPres 2022 Closes 8 March

The Call for Contributions for iPres 2022 remains open for your proposals! The iPres 2022 Programme Committee welcomes full papers as well as proposals for workshops, tutorials, posters, panel discussions, hack-a-thons and for the Digital Preservation Bake-Off Challenge. Submissions should relate to the overall conference theme Data for all, for good, for ever: Let Digits Flourish and its sub-themes, inviting reflection and debate on how digital preservation can support flourishing communities, ecologies and economies and ideas.

Please note that the deadline for submissions is 8 March 2022 and will NOT be extended.

We look forward to hosting you in Glasgow. Let digits flourish, and let iPres flourish.

Read more on how to contribute!

iPres 2022 Call for Contributions Now Open

We are pleased to announce that the Call for Contributions for iPres 2022 is now open! We invite original contributions that will develop the theory and practice of digital preservation.

About Your Submission
We welcome full papers and short papers as well as proposals for workshops, tutorials, posters, panel discussions, hack-a-thons and for the Digital Preservation Bake-Off Challenge. Your submissions should relate to the overall conference theme Data for all, for good, for ever: Let Digits Flourish, inviting reflection and debate on how digital preservation can support flourishing communities, ecologies and economies and ideas.

We encourage submissions which describe collaborations across and beyond cultural heritage domains, and we welcome proposals that describe research and practice in agencies of all sizes and in all sectors. We extend a particular welcome to newcomers to iPres and recent entrants into the digital preservation community.

You can find details about the submission process and the topics of interest on the Call for Contribution page. Please remember that this Call will close on 8 March, 2022, and that there is no intention to extend the Call for Contributions beyond this date.

Don’t want to miss out on any information?
We will keep you informed on all the important dates via this website. Please sign up for the iPRES Newsletter if you want us to send you regular updates on what’s happening on the iPres 2022 front. You can also follow us via @ipres2022 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. If there is anything you want to ask us, please let us know at ipres2022@in-conference.org.uk.

We look forward to hosting you in Glasgow. Let digits flourish, and let iPres flourish.

Ceud mìle fàilte – A hundred thousand welcomes

As the sun sets on iPres 2021, we thank our colleagues in Beijing for another inspiring and thought-provoking conference, and we look ahead with excitement and welcome you to the brand-new website for iPres 2022 in Glasgow!

The new iPres 2022 website is the place to find all the information you will need to plan your participation our next conference including key dates, everything you need to know about visiting Glasgow and – when it’s ready – it’s the place to come for submission, registration and program information.

In our News section, we’ll share all of the conference developments as they unfold, links to the monthly iPres 2022 newsletter, as well as showcasing the best bits of our home city through the blog.

We’ll also bring back the ‘WhyPres’ blog so you can share the best moments and ideas that have kept you engaged in iPres over the years; and we’ll hear from first timers who haven’t had the chance before but are keen to find out more.

Through our Community Consultation which is now open until 8th November, we’ll be asking you what you’d like to see at iPres 2022 in Glasgow, and we’ll also be listening as we form the Call for Contributions. There will be an open invitation to join and help the program committee, and there will be calls for volunteers to help the smooth running of the conference online and face to face.

They say that ‘People Make Glasgow’; it’s certainly true that people make iPres. So we’re not just looking forward to welcoming you but also hearing your story.

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iPres looks to the future: host cities announced for 2024, 2025 and 2026