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Registration Open for DigitalPreservation 2012

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Registration is now open for DigitalPreservation 2012, which will take place July 24-26.  This is the latest in a series of meetings the Library of Congress has held since 2005 as a forum for sharing information about digital stewardship concepts, tools and best practices.

TheFutureSign, by srqpix, on Flickr
TheFutureSign, by srqpix, on Flickr

The meeting is in two parts.  Both will be held as the Sheraton Pentagon City, 900 South Orme Street, Arlington, VA. Note: To receive the meeting block rate, you must reserve your room by Monday, July 2.

July 24-25 is the annual gathering of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program and the National Digital Stewardship Alliance. The latest agenda and detailed information is available here.  Please register online for the NDIIPP/NDSA meeting.

On July 24, we are pleased to offer luminary keynote speakers, including best-selling author David Weinberger; “entrepreneur, writer and geek” Anil Dash; Open Planets Executive Director Bram van der Werf; and Creative Commons board director Michael Carroll. A reception afterwards will showcase a variety of poster presentations about many great projects.

The following morning begins with a panel exploring current issues with stewarding big data, featuring White House official Tom Kalil; NSF Assistant Director for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Myron Gutmann; California Digital Library Director of Digital Preservation Patricia Cruse; and neogeographer and CTO of GeoIQ Andrew Turner.  Another panel follows that will explore perspectives on preserving digital culture; participants include University of Texas at Austin School of Information Assistant Professor Megan Winget; NYPL Digital Curator of Performing Arts Doug Reside; Rhizome at the New Museum Digital Conservator Ben Fino-Radin: University of Maryland College of Information Studies/Department of English assistant professor Kari Kraus; and Story Worldwide Deputy Managing Director Jim Boulton.

The afternoon will feature a variety of smaller breakout sessions that will demonstrate the latest digital preservation tools; activities of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance working groups; next steps for preserving state government digital information; and ideas for small institutions to implement digital stewardship services.

July 26 will be an all-day CurateCamp focusing on two different notions of “processing”:  archival processing and data processing.  These notions are increasingly entwined, and participants will discuss the ways that curators, archivists, librarians, scholars, software developers, computer engineers and others can draw inspiration from both concepts.  This will be an unconference in which participants will define the agenda and everyone actively participates. More information on our CurateCamp is available here.  There is a separate online registration for the CurateCamp.

There is no cost to attend either meeting but seats are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.


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