Every year we’re thrilled to host a meeting with our partners and interested individuals in the digital preservation community. This year’s meeting, Digital Preservation 2013, features a number of speakers and presentations around exploring innovative ideas across the digital information landscape. Coming together to share stories and practices of collecting, delivering and preserving our digital materials is an effective way to address various obstacles to our collective and individual work.
Next week, July 23-25, over 200 attendees will gather together to hear from noted individuals, like Hilary Mason of bit.ly, Jason Scott of the Archive Team and Aaron Straup Cope of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum Labs, recognize the 2013 NDSA Innovation Award Winners, share current digital stewardship work in a lightning talks session (PDF), and attend smaller breakout sessions featuring tools and services, and discussions of education and professional development in the field. The last day of the meeting will feature CURATEcamp Exhibition, where participants will discuss ideas about the exhibition of digital collections dealing with narratives, storytelling and context.
We are particularly excited about our plenary panels this year. One panel that I wanted to highlight before the meeting is the “Green Bytes: Sustainable Approaches to Digital Stewardship” Panel with David Rosenthal of Stanford University, Kris Carpenter of the Internet Archive, and Krishna Kant of George Mason University and the National Science Foundation. Joshua Sternfeld, Senior Program Officer from the National Endowment for the Humanities, organized this panel to explore green sustainability in digital preservation for cultural heritage institutions. While there has been some research and discussion in the technology, scientific and commercial fields on the topic of green data centers, there is relatively little by way of the cultural heritage sector and the impact for the digital preservation community. The panel will outline the basic challenges and current efforts to find practical solutions. This abstract (PDF) is meant to provide a little more context for the session and encourage conversation and action beyond this meeting.
Registration for the meeting is full. But you can follow the event on Twitter through #digpres13 and @ndiipp will be live tweeting over the course of the meeting. The plenary speakers will be videotaped and presentations will be posted on our website later in August. We’ll announce those on this blog so please check back in with us! We’re interested in sharing the insights and conversations from the meeting over the next few months.