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iPres 2022 Book of Proceedings Now Available

Today, on World Digital Preservation Day, we celebrate all things digital preservation. The iPres 2022 organizing committee is therefore delighted to announce that the conference proceedings are now available for download!

The proceedings of iPres 2022 contain the published and peer-reviewed submissions of the 18th International Conference on Digital Preservation. The conference was hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) in Glasgow, Scotland from the 12th-16th September 2022.

iPres 2022 met under the heading ‘Data for all, for good and for ever’. The call for contributions invited reflection and debate about how digital preservation can support flourishing communities, ecologies, economies and ideas, and it framed these around moments and ideas from the history of Glasgow. It also adapted the motto of the host city, ‘Let Glasgow Flourish’ with the subtitle ‘Let digits flourish.’ 

Five themes were expressed in the main headings of the conference: Community, Environment, Exchange, Innovation and Resilience .

Every paper and contribution which you will find in the proceedings adapts and interprets these themes, with no shortage of insight, care and creativity. So, while the conference title encouraged delegates to ‘let digits flourish’, the conference proceedings demonstrate, through every page and every paper, that iPres is flourishing too.

The recordings which were made at iPres 2022 will be available to all delegates in December. As a teaser we’ll be sharing the recordings of the three keynotes along with the proceedings today.

We invite you to read the Book of Proceedings and wish you a Happy #WDPD2022!

iPres 2022 Pictures Now Available!


All iPres 2022 photographs have now been released on the DPC’s Flickr pages.

Curious what our conference photographer Roberto Ricciuti captured from the conference? Take a look!

Please feel free to use these pictures in your iPres 2022 blogs, on social media or other media.

If you can credit the Digital Preservation Coalition, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, we’d be grateful.

Enjoy!

 

Don't Miss iPRES 2023!

On behalf of the program committee for iPRES 2023, we would like to provide a big shout-out to DPC and to everyone who built such a successful event. Now it’s time to keep the momentum going!

From September 19-23, 2023, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Chicago Collections Consortium will host iPRES 2023. With an incredible diversity of experiences and knowledge to share, we are excited to facilitate connections between digital preservation practitioners from all over the world.  

In past years, a common theme has emerged behind our many discussions: “Digital Preservation in Disruptive Times.” What does it mean to be a steward of community memories and archives in 2023? In the aftermath of a global pandemic? During the climate crisis? During a time of war?  

With next year’s conference – at iPRES 2023 – we look towards conversations that align with this theme. We want to ensure that we are able to connect with as many practitioners involved in digital preservation as possible.

If you are interested in participating in the planning of iPRES 2023, please fill out the form linked below. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you in September! 

Important Info!  

→ Call for Contributions Opens Monday, December 5, 2022

→ Call for Contributions Closes Friday, March 10, 2022

→ Website: https://ipres2023.us/

→ Committee Interest Form: https://forms.gle/uqae3kncwUDv9CMAA 

Chris Prom (prom@illinois.edu) and Tracy Seneca (tjseneca@uic.edu), iPRES 2023 General Co-Chairs

Celebrating the Winners of the iPres 2022 Prizes!

It is a good tradition for the iPres conference to recognize outstanding contributions and to celebrate these in prizes. This year we had a stunning four prizes to celebrate: for best paper, best poster, best first time contribution and the best combination of research and practice in digital preservation. Congratulations to all winners!

Best Paper of iPres 2022
sponsored by nestor

The Best Paper Prize (a trophy, a certificate, and £500) goes to ‘Green Goes with Anything: Decreasing Environmental Impact of Digital Libraries at Virginia Tech‘ by Alex Kinnaman and Alan Munshower of Virginia Tech. 

The topic of the paper couldn’t have been more timely. Building on previous models put forth in the field, the authors convinced the jury with a thorough methodology and a strong practical implementation of measuring CO2 costs at their institution. Exploring changes in documentation and practice, the authors conclude with a strong set of recommendations for their own institution but also for the wider community fostering a more environmentally sustainable digital platform.

Best Poster of iPres 2022
sponsored by the Digital Repository of Ireland

The Best Poster Prize (a trophy, a certificate and £500) goes to: ‘The CO2 Emissions of Storage and Use of Digital Objects and Data‘ by Tamara van Zwol, Lotte Wijsman, Robert Gillesse and Arie Groen of the Dutch Digital Heritage Network. 

The abstract shared practical information on the case study by the Dutch digital heritage community. The poster managed to present this information clearly and concisely, while still offering practical tips to reduce energy usage and CO2 emissions for each of the four aspects examined. The visuals contributed in getting across the main points and take aways in a memorable fashion. This poster was in ideal fusion of message and visual on a topic that is of great interest to the digital preservation community. 

Best First Time Contribution to iPres 2022
sponsored by the Digital Preservation Coalition

The Best First Time Contribution Award (a trophy, a certificate, and registration and a travel contribution to attend iPres at some point in the next three years –   Champaign-Urbana 2023, Ghent 2024 or Wellington 2025) goes to Elisa Rodenburg of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam for the game “The Data Horror and Open Science Escape Rooms”.  

As a first time attendee to iPres, Elisa created an engaging and thoughtful game that raised awareness of good research data management and FAIR principles. The game resulted in a lively discussion with participation from all groups and it was interesting to learn during the session how the game was built and used with researchers as well to convey concepts. We hear Elisa is developing another game on research management software which would be a welcome addition!

Best combination of research and practice in digital preservation at iPres 2022
sponsored by Adam Farquhar

The Angela Dappert Memorial Prize (a trophy, a certificate, and £500) goes to Andrew Jackson of the British Library for his work on ‘Design Patterns in Digital Preservation – Understanding Information Flows.‘ Special thanks to Adam Farquhar for sponsoring this award!

Three aspects of Andrew’s work were very much consistent with Angela Dappert’s values. It examines and establishes a theoretical framework in the light of established practice. It looks at relationships in OAIS, between the SIP, AIP and DIP (submission, archival and dissemination information packages), in the light of existing preservation systems and past projects. Secondly, it makes some insightful observations about these relationships and links them to the risks as well as the steps that one might take to mitigate them. Finally, it is clearly and simply written and frames the work in a way that should be hopeful especially to new members of the digital preservation community.

The prizes were awarded on Thursday 15 September at the iPres 2022 venue in Glasgow and livestreamed to the online audience. Find out more about the prize-winning criteria.

Photo credits: Roberto Ricciuti

Digital Preservation Coalition opens 18th International Conference on Digital Preservation in Glasgow

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) opens the International Conference on Digital Preservation, iPres 2022, at the impressive Technology & Innovation Centre in their home city of Glasgow today. 

Bringing together over 600 information scientists, students, researchers, archivists, librarians, service providers, software developers and practitioners, 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. And this year, between 12th – 16th September, the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) hosts the 18th conference as part of their 20th Anniversary celebrations.

Dr. William Kilbride, Executive Director of the DPC and General Chair of iPres 2022, remarks: ‘The Digital Preservation Coalition represents and supports a diverse and dynamic community. We work for and through our members and allies around the world. Since our foundation in 2002 we have been welcomed around the world, offering expertise, advocacy and encouragement for digital preservation. This week, in the year marking the twentieth anniversary of our foundation, it will be our pleasure to repay that generosity, renew those friendships, and welcome delegates from all over the world to our home town.’

‘Our toast to delegates, and to all of the digital preservation community around the world, based on the motto of our host city, is ‘Let Digits Flourish’. And may iPres flourish too.’

The conference in Glasgow is the largest to date, with 419 delegates participating in-person and a further 190 joining the conference online. Over the course of five days, the conference offers a packed program headed by keynote speeches from Amina Shah, National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland, Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty, director of the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives, and Steven Gonzalez Monserrate, PhD candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For the first four days, delegates will debate and profile their research on digital preservation, moving the topic from a technology driven niche specialism of experts to a discussion about the role we all have to play in this global and universal challenge. On the final day of the conference, delegates will visit institutions throughout Scotland to see how some of Scotland’s finest collections are being preserved.

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About the DPC

The Digital Preservation Coalition is an international charitable foundation which supports digital preservation, helping its members around the world to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services. Officially launched in 2002, the DPC was charged with fostering joint action to address the urgent challenges of securing the preservation of digital resources in the UK and to work with others internationally to secure our global digital memory and knowledge base.  

The DPC now has members in different sectors, in twenty countries and on five continents. They represent, amongst others, global corporations, national and local memory institutions, higher education and research institutions, broadcasters, strategic investors and funding bodies and professional bodies.

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Contact

Name: Sarah Middleton, Head of Communications & Advocacy
Email: sarah.middleton@dpconline.org

Name: Dr. William Kilbride, Executive Director
Email: william.kilbride@dpconline.org

Digital Preservation Coalition
11 University Gardens
Glasgow, G12 8QQ
Telephone: 141 330 2252
Email: info@dpconline.org 
Website: www.dpconline.org

Collaborative Notes

We have set up Collaborative Notes documents for you to use during the conference. Please go to https://bit.ly/ipres2022notes and work together to provide a set of notes of all iPres 2022 sessions! You can add topics or questions raised in the session, followed by your fellow delegates responding with their thoughts, comments, or questions.

This URL will also be posted on the welcome slide at the beginning of every iPres 2022 session.

Now Available: the iPres 2022 App

It’s here: the iPres 2022 conference app! In it, you will find all the good stuff about iPres 2022. The program, the possibility to select your favourite sessions, information about our Keynote Speakers but also about our sponsors and much much more.

We want to highlight the Alerts, as this is the channel we will use to keep you updated on all the important things. For the users who like to personalize their contact details, there is a special Selfie feature available in the app and don’t forget to look up the posters as we will soon upload the videos made by the poster presenters. Also, you can connect and chat with fellow delegates via the button ‘Attendees’.

For those of you who won’t be using the app: no worries, we will also keep everyone updated via the screens at the TIC, the Lobby on the online platform and via Twitter.

All iPres 2022 delegates have received download and log-in details via email. Check it out and let us know what you think via @ipres2022 or ipres2022@in-conference.co.uk!

First time at iPres? Check out these ideas!

Whether this is your first time attending iPres or your first time attending ANY conference, we on the program committee thought it might be a good idea to provide some helpful tips and tricks for getting the most out of iPres 2022 – while enjoying all the activities and events that will be on offer. 

We have collected all sorts of useful information, so this is your one-stop shop for what to pack, where to go, who to follow, what to expect and how to make the most of your time in Glasgow or if you are joining us online instead!

Autumn in Scotland is beautiful, if a little contrary in terms of weather. September is looking likely to have lows of 9°C (48°F) and highs of 16°C (61°F) and it will rain, not all the time, but it will rain. While these temps may seem manageable (and they are!) the wind is an added factor so always have some warmer options, just in case. View the Weather Forecast.

 

  • If you want to bring an umbrella go for a small travel one rather than a large umbrella as the streets and footpaths can be narrow and it can get WINDY in Glasgow. I’d recommend packing a raincoat/waterproof jacket instead of an  umbrella, personally.
  • Layers! Wool sweater paired with a waterproof jacket is easier to fit into a suitcase than a BIG coat. Think light waterproof outer layer, thicker warm inner layer, and thinner inner layer.
  • UK power adapter (I always forget these and end up having to buy one in the airport)
    • A good option is just one adapter combined with a multi-USB dock or a power board/power strip so you can bring your regular chargers but only need one adapter.
  • Small carry on suitcase OR backpack – big suitcases can be difficult on cobblestones and windy footpaths!
  • Book/Kindle/Laptop/Handheld gaming device – Listen, the conference is going to be engaging and entertaining and we have social events aplenty (see below!) but having some downtime after the day is over and being able to unwind is crucial. I know I always have a book with me wherever I go so I thought it would be good to remind you folks that you will have time to yourself as well – maybe bring that novel you always said you’d read or game you’ve always wanted to try!

This can often be something that worries first time attendees to any conference – what do I wear? Well, while there is no dress code for iPres 2022, we are happy to provide some guidelines to take the pressure off!

 

General rule of what to wear: am I comfortable and would I wear this to work? If “comfort” for you is a 3-piece suit then have at it! If you’re more of a T-shirt and jeans kind of person, that’s fine too, just make sure you are at ease. And definitely wear comfortable shoes – you’ll be on your feet a bit!

 

I (Ali) tend to wear nice trousers or a skirt, a casual blouse or t-shirt, with comfortable shoes and a cardigan – though I have also been known to wear digital preservation themed dresses and sparkly shoes on occasion! For the formal reception and digital preservation awards, feel free to dress up or wear what feels comfortable for you for an evening out.

 

Bear in mind that you will be in the climate controlled conference centre during the day but your commute there and back, and any activities or social outings may involve being outdoors so make sure to have warmer layers and, ideally, something waterproof!

If you are flying into Glasgow for iPres then the easiest way to get to the city centre is via the Glasgow Airport Express Service 500 Bus. From the airport, catch the Glasgow Airport Express service 500 from stance 1. The service runs from the airport from 05.00 - 00.00 and from Buchanan Bus Station from 04:30 - 00.00. It runs every 15 minutes until 20.00 and then every 30 minutes from 20.00 - 00.00.

 

There are also Taxis available, and a train that brings you to within a mile of the terminal with a bus connection. Some brave folks could even cycle if they’d like!

We are looking forward to a happy and healthy conference in Glasgow! To help safeguard the health and comfort of attendees at the conference (and their families when they return home), you can find health & safety information on the conference website.  

Glasgow is an easy city to navigate – whether on foot or via public transport. It is worth familiarising yourself with your route from your accommodation and the conference centre, it could be a short walk on a good day but in the wind and rain, are there options with buses, subways, or trains for you? 

The Subway in Glasgow is a circular loop that runs in two directions (inner loop going anti-clockwise, outer loop going clockwise) servicing the city centre. The conference venue is on the eastern side of the loop, with Buchanan Street being the closest stop.

 

There is also ScotRail, a train network that runs throughout Glasgow (and links to the wider ScotRail network connecting other cities). High Street or Glasgow Queen Street are the closest stations to the venue but Glasgow Central is just a 12-minute walk and is serviced by numerous train lines as well.

 

There are also buses with over 80 routes in the city, the 41 is the closest bus stop to TIC but there are a number of buses that would drop you within a 10-minute walk of the conference centre.

 

For local buses run by First, tickets can be purchased on buses and contactless payment is an option. You can visit this website for more information and an app is also available for download. If you are taking the bus from the airport, it is recommended to disembark at the Queen Street Station stop. It is the closest (walking distance) from all of the venues and hotels. The bus drive takes about 15 minutes, and buses run every 10 minutes. Also, seats on trains may need to be reserved in advance, so it is good to check that if possible since it may be needed if you are joining an in-person site visit on September 16th.

The UK and Glasgow are increasingly cashless, with virtually everywhere taking credit card (usually tap-and-go), debit and/or Apple pay etc. You're very unlikely to need cash but it may be helpful to have a small amount as a backup just in case.

Sharon McMeekin from the Local Organizing Committee has provided an excellent Food and Drinks list that is available on the iPres website.

The conference venue will have free Wifi for delegates. The password will be provided at the venue. When you are out and about in Glasgow City Centre, you can check out this list for available free Wifi locations.

If you would like to learn more about the conference venue, here are some links that should be helpful:

 

An app will be available for the conference - it's a great way to view the program, especially since paper copies of the program will not be available onsite. The app offers the possibility to select your favorite sessions in advance. You can read up on the abstracts and the speakers, connect with your fellow delegates or check out your Professional Visit! But there's more: find out what to do in Glasgow after conference hours and take your picture to add to your personal profile. You'll receive an email before the conference with details where to download the conference app.

If you are interested in attending an in-person or online workshop or tutorial, you will need to register in advance. An email will be forthcoming soon with details on how to sign-up. Don’t delay, spaces will be limited!

Social media is a helpful way to stay up to date about the conference, interact with other attendees and also learn about sessions you weren’t able to attend. Twitter is widely used by digital preservation folks and we recommend following #ipres2022. Below are links to official iPres 2022 social media accounts.

 

  • iPres 2022 account on Twitter @ipres2022
    • Hashtag #ipres2022
    • An interesting Twitter account to follow is attendee @wzhkevin. Prior to the conference he is visiting 31 different places in Singapore bearing traces of historical links with Scotland! When at iPres, he'll be walking the West Highland Way; the thread on Twitter is called #islandtohighland
  • iPres 2022 Tiktok account tiktok.com/@ipres2022
    • Watch our “Scottish word of the week” series
  • iPres 2022 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ipres2022
  • iPres 2022 Insta account: https://www.instagram.com/ipres_2022/

Both in-person and virtual sessions will include collaborative notes available via Google Drive. Feel free to contribute to these notes or review for sessions you are unable to attend. Links to each session’s notes will be shared at the beginning of each session.

We want to make your first iPres as enjoyable as possible so we’re organizing several social events that you are welcome to join. Specifically:

 

  • In-person pre-conference meet-ups: Each morning, before sessions start on Tuesday-Thursday, we’ll be designating an area in the conference venue foyer for newcomers to gather to chat before the day starts. Keep an eye for signage at the conference, grab a coffee and come by and say hello!
  • Virtual Coffee Corner: We’ll be organizing a couple of virtual coffee breaks for online attendees via the online conference platform. The day and time will be added to the conference program online and on the app. Just click on the link “Virtual Coffee Corner” in the online platform and take a break with us! 
  • Informal group dinner on Monday September 12th: We’ll be organizing smaller group dinners (10 people each) on the 1st day of the conference for attendees where you’ll be responsible for the cost of your meal. Each dinner will be hosted by an iPres Program Committee member. Feel free to review the list of restaurants and sign-up via the iPres 2022 website.
  • Button badge: When you arrive at the on-site registration desk, you may choose to add a “1st timer iPres attendee” button to your lanyard. This certainly isn’t required, but it can be a helpful conversation starter!
  • Bingo Card: If you are looking for a game to play during breaks, try out iPres Bingo!  Keep an ear out for digital preservation terms and fill out your card!  You can print out the Bingo card yourself or copies will be available at the registration desk.

Are you a new professional in the field with questions about your career and next steps? Are you attending iPres 2022 in Glasgow, in person? iPres 2022 is offering mentor chats for new professionals with experienced professionals and employers to provide informal career advice. If you would like to benefit from the advice of a mentor please email us to let us know: ipres2022@in-conference.org.uk and we’ll plan a 15-20 minutes chat with coffee for you during the conference.

Are you new to the digital preservation community? Unfamiliar with some of the terms that might be used at the conference? Feel free to check out the DPC’s “Jargon Buster” resource for commonly used terms:  https://www.dpconline.org/docs/miscellaneous/advice/379-dpc-jargon-buster-july-2009/file

If this is your first time attending a conference or if it has been a while since you’ve attended one, here are some tips/recommendations to break the ice!

 

  • Research a little before the conference (panels/sessions you want to attend; check out the listing of other attendees and see if there is someone you want to connect with)
  • Practice your own 30 second “elevator pitch”
  • Take breaks - it’s a long conference and you have time! It’s ok to re-charge with some alone time.
  • Try not to stress over small mistakes or “blunders”, we’re a very nice bunch!
  • Attend some of the in-person or virtual social events – if you’re able to.
  • Connect with the person you just met & stay in touch via the iPres 2022 app
  • Bring your business cards if you have them and feel free to include your contact info including social media

 

Follow up after the conference!

You may be interested in checking out past iPres conferences to become more familiar with the digital preservation community at large and past popular conference topics. Links to past iPres conferences can be found at  iPRES - Intl.Conf. on Digital Preservation (ipres-conference.org) (and you can also see where future iPres conferences will take place!).  You can also check out blog posts about why people attended iPres in 2019 and well as this year

In closing:

Whew – that was a long newsletter! We hope you have found it informative and useful to prepare for your 1st iPres conference. We are looking forward to meeting you in-person or virtually. Hopefully, this iPres will be the first of many you attend!

In town on Monday 12 Sept? Join us for dinner!

If you’re in town for iPres 2022 on the evening of Monday, September 12, and don’t want to eat alone on your first night in Glasgow, you’re warmly invited to meet for a casual dinner in Glasgow*. Join a member of the Organizing Team at one of the restaurants below to dine with a maximum of 9 fellow iPres 2022 delegates – or propose your own! A great and informal way to meet before the conference gets under way.

Let’s dine!

Choose a restaurant and fill out your name in this Google Doc . Or reserve a table at a restaurant of your own choosing – and add it to the Google Doc.

* The cost of this social dinner is not included in your iPres 2022 fee. Meals and drinks are at your own expense.

Are you ready to face the Bake Off challenge !?

This year, iPres 2022 offers a Digital Preservation Bake Off again! It’s a light-hearted competition in which solution providers, developers, coders and tool wranglers/orchestrators can demonstrate their products and tools while allowing participants to observe the process and verify the claims they make. 

Earlier this year we have asked the community which digital preservation challenges you would like to see tackled during iPres 2022. And you all reacted with great ideas! From encountering tricky files that can’t be identified to pesky system files that you would like to see automatically excluded from your deposit, and from special metadata requirements that your users can’t live without to just wanting to see how other tools or solutions approach a workflow. 

With your ideas the iPres 2022 Program Committee has created a data set for the challengers (also known as ‘bakers’)! Take a look at the full Bake Off challenge to get a sneak preview of the pantry and the courses served to you on Wednesday 14 September between 11.30-17.30. 

Portico enables iPres 2022 participation from Uganda, Kenya and Turkey

The iPres 2022 Program Committee is delighted to announce that Portico’s generous support will enable three members from the digital preservation community in Uganda, Kenya and Turkey to participate in the iPres 2022 Conference.

The Portico Supported Participation bursaries were open to residents of under-represented and low- and middle-income countries, inviting them to participate in the 18th International Conference on Digital Preservation this year in Glasgow, Scotland, from 12-16 September 2022.
Kate Wittenberg, Managing Director of Portico, says: “Portico is pleased to provide support that will help to expand the cultural diversity of the preservation community by enabling preservationists from diverse global backgrounds to participate in the iPres 2022 conference.”

The three successful applicants are based at Busitema University in Uganda, LIA (Life in Abundance) in Kenya and Bursa Uludag University in Turkey. The iPres 2022 Program Committee gratefully acknowledges Portico’s support and extends a warm welcome to Elizabeth, Gladys and Özhan.

National Digital Preservation Program, China, offers additional iPres 2022 bursaries



The iPres 2022 Program Committee is very pleased to announce that the National Digital Preservation Program, China (NDPP) is offering bursaries to support iPres 2022 participation for 3-5 Chinese individuals whose submissions have been accepted by iPres 2022.

NDPP Supported Participation bursaries will encourage more members from the Chinese digital preservation community to participate in the iPres 2022 conference, and promote more Chinese researchers involving research and practice of digital preservation.

Successful applicants will receive a bursary to help with expenses incurred the conference registration fee. Please note that you can also apply for the NDPP Supported Participation if your proposal for the Ad Hoc Program is accepted. Proposals for the Ad Hoc Program can still be submitted until 22 July 2022.

Find out more and apply via the NDPP website.

Portico Supported Participation: Additional bursaries now available for iPres 2022

The iPres 2022 Program Committee is delighted to announce that Portico is generously offering bursaries to support iPres 2022 participation for 2-3 individuals who would otherwise be unable to attend due to lack of funding. 

The Portico Supported Participation bursaries will enable members of the digital preservation community from a diverse global constituency to participate in the iPres 2022 conference, involving new participants in the application of digital preservation, and expanding the cultural diversity of the iPres community. 

Portico Supported Participation bursaries are open to residents of under-represented countries and/or from low- and middle-income countries who are unable to attend the conference because of lack of funding. Successful applicants will receive a bursary to help with expenses incurred in attending the iPres 2022 conference. This may be used towards any one, or all, of the following expenses:

  • Registration fee for the conference (Monday-Friday)
  • Hotel booking for up to 5 nights (Sunday 11th September – Friday 16th September) based on the iPres 2022 preferred Hotels list 
  • Contribution toward travel expenses

Find out more and apply by 31st July: https://ipres2022.scot/supported-participation/ 

Announcing the iPres 2022 Indicative Program (12-16 September 2022)

It gives us very great pleasure to share our first full indicative program for iPres 2022, the 18th International Conference on Digital Preservation! The Program Committee has been delighted and surprised by the generous response to our call for contributions from hundreds of colleagues, specialists and friends around the world. Supported by a host of expert reviewers and a good many volunteers, we have worked hard to shape, and now to share, what we believe is an outstanding programme for iPres 2022. 

iPres brings together information scientists, students, researchers, archivists, librarians, service providers, software developers and other experts to share cutting edge research and innovative practice across a wide variety of topics in digital preservation, from theory to implementation, from local to global, from industry, academia and all across the public sector. Year on year the debate and research profiled at iPres have moved digital preservation from a technology driven niche specialism of experts, to a global challenge with a community scaled to match.

iPres 2022 is hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition, an international charitable foundation which supports digital preservation, helping its members around the world to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services. 2022 marks the 20th year of the DPC’s collaborative vision for the digital preservation community. It is our privilege and our very great pleasure to invite you to join us as we celebrate twenty years together, in our home city of Glasgow, at iPres 2022. 

Glasgow and the Technology & Innovation Centre welcome the international digital preservation community to the heart of the city. Over the course of five days, between 12th and 16th September 2022, for delegates participating in person the conference will take place at the purpose-built Technology & Innovation Centre in Glasgow city center, supplemented by a substantial online program of online and webcast interaction. iPres 2022 will offer three online streams, with details to be confirmed in the final program, including webcast of key moments including the key notes and the Digital Preservation Awards. We will add to this an innovative programme of ‘Sunrise Sessions’ and ‘Late Shows’ for delegates in time zones East and West making a truly global conference for a global community, and we will introduce ‘Red Carpet’ interactions, bringing online delegates into the heart of the conference venue. Many of the iPres favorites will also be returning this year, including the Great Digital Preservation Bake-Off and the Digital Preservation Games Room.

The Indicative Program of the 18th International Conference on Digital Preservation provides a detailed breakdown of our plans. More details will be added as we approach the conference. As you will appreciate, it is possible that we may move or change sessions, but we will do our best to keep the structure and the sessions as described in this program.

Register now to be part of iPres 2022 in Glasgow or online. Early bird rate ends 31 July. For registration and more information please visit www.ipres2022.scot.

Having shared our indicative program, it is a pleasure to remind you about the warm welcome waiting for you, online and in person at the 18th conference at iPres 2022 in Glasgow from 12-16 September 2022.

Ceud mìle fàilte! A hundred thousand welcome

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.

Blog

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