Friday, May 16, 2008

CFP: iPRES 2008: The Fifth International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects

CFP: iPRES 2008: The Fifth International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects

The British Library will host this year's International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects (iPRES 2008) at its Conference Centre in St Pancras, London, on 29-30 September 2008.

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Registration opens: 12 May
Submission of title and abstract: 28 May 2008
Notification of acceptance: 14 June 2008
Camera-ready papers due: 15 August 2008
Deadline for early registration: 21 July 2008
Registration deadline: 22 September 2008
Conference opens: 29 September 2008

Call for papers
The value and volume of digital information increases year on year. Our scientific, cultural, and social heritage becomes more digital and the need to ensure that it can be effectively preserved becomes more urgent. This problem is not confined within national boundaries and is not specific to any discipline. We must work together to solve the challenges posed by this historic change. Whilst easily envisaged, collaborative working across national boundaries requires commitment, planning and co-ordination, and the theme of this year’s conference is designed to focus minds on how that can be achieved.

There are, in addition, further areas where the community needs to consider the value of a joined up approach. Stronger links can be forged between libraries and archives or between those practising scientific data curation and those involved with preserving arts and humanities information or learning materials. We need to strengthen the ties between theory and practice in digital preservation. It should be possible to show that preservation practice is underpinned by theory and can deliver benefits to stakeholder communities.

iPRES is a series of international conferences that seeks to address issues relating to digital preservation by bringing together experts and practitioners across the spectrum of digital preservation disciplines. We invite you to submit papers and presentations that present substantial new results, contribute to the conceptual foundations of digital preservation, or show novel applications of existing work. Empirical evidence demonstrating what works – and what doesn’t – is also welcome.