Digital Preservation 2016


Digital Preservation 2016: “Building Communities of Practice”

Program and Information

Digital Preservation 2016 was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from November 9-10, 2016, just after the closing of the 2016 DLF Forum. The full program is available to browse.

(Browse the programs for the 2016 DLF Forum and Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference here as well.)

The 2016 conference was the first organized in partnership with our new host organization, the Digital Library Federation (DLF). Digital Preservation is the major meeting of the NDSA—open to NDSA members and non-members alike—focusing on tools, techniques, theories and methodologies for digital stewardship and preservation, data curation, the content lifecycle, and related issues.

You can find information and news about the event at @NDSA2 and #digipres16 on Twitter, and at the DLF Forum website.

More information and selected presentations may be accessed here and here.

Keynote and Plenary

Our Digital Preservation 2016 keynote speaker was Bergis Jules, University and Political Papers Archivist at the University of California, Riverside library, and his talk focused on the power and promise of diversity and inclusivity in digital preservation work. Read the full announcement here.

We closed with a final plenary talk by Allison Druin, Special Advisor for National Digital Strategy at the NPS, who took up the conference theme, “building communities of practice,” in the context of “communities of innovation” and her work with America’s National Park Service.

Learn more here. The recordings of the keynote and final plenary presentations are available here.

Travel and Registration - CLOSED October 17, 2016.

Registration includes a continental breakfast, hot lunch, coffee breaks, and the NDSA reception. The conference will run from Wednesday mid-afternoon through Thursday evening, November 9-10.

  • Regular: $200
  • Student rate: $150

Conference registration and room bookings are available at Milwaukee’s historic Pfister Hotel are open now. (We encourage early registration and room reservations!) Information on registration for the 2016 DLF Forum and Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference is also available.

More About the Conference

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance is a consortium of more than 160 organizations committed to the long-term preservation and stewardship of digital information and cultural heritage, for the benefit of present and future generations. Digital Preservation 2016 (#digipres16) will help to chart future directions for both the NDSA and digital stewardship, and is expected to be a crucial venue for intellectual exchange, community-building, development of best practices, and national-level agenda-setting in the field.

Our revived conference will be held at the historic Pfister Hotel, just blocks from Lake Michigan, the Milwaukee Art Museum, restaurants, and nightlife. The hotel has an incredible Victorian art collection, an artist-in-residence program, and a spa. The NDSA strives to create a safe, accessible, welcoming, and inclusive event, and will operate under the DLF Forum’s Code of Conduct. Childcare subsidies for DLF Forum attendees also participating in Digital Preservation 2016 may be extended upon request. Contact for more information or indicate your needs on registration.


We gratefully acknowledge the support of the following conference sponsors:


If you or your organization would like to contribute to Digital Preservation 2016, please contact Louisa Kwasigroch.

US Presidential Election Notice

Attendees arriving early for the DLF Forum (November 7-9) will want to plan ahead for early/absentee voting in the 2016 US Presidential Election. Full, state-by-state nonpartisan ballot information and important voter deadlines are available here:

2016 Program Committee

  • Helen Tibbo, UNC-Chapel Hill (chair)
  • Nicky Agate, Modern Language Association
  • Mitch Brodsky, New York Philharmonic
  • Aaron Collie, Michigan State University
  • George Coulbourne, Library of Congress
  • Heidi Dowding, Indiana University
  • Bonnie Gordon, Rockefeller Archive Center
  • Carol Kussmann, University of Minnesota
  • Margaret Maes, Legal Information Preservation Alliance
  • Jenny Mullins, Dartmouth College
  • Miranda Nixon, University of Pittsburgh
  • Bethany Nowviskie, Digital Library Federation (ex officio)
  • Sibyl Schaefer, UC-San Diego
  • Frederick Zarndt, Global Connexions

Call for Proposals - CLOSED May 23, 2016.

Thank you for your contributions! All submissions will be peer-reviewed by NDSA’s volunteer Program Committee. Presenters will be notified later this summer and guaranteed a registration slot at the conference. From June 8 - 20, proposals were open to community voting to help inform selection decisions.

The CFP CLOSED May 23rd, 2016. Browse the conference program here.

250-word proposals describing the presentation/demo/poster are invited (500 words for full panel sessions). Please also include a 50-word short abstract for the program if your submission is selected.

We especially encourage proposals that speak to our conference theme, “Building Communities of Practice.” Submissions are invited in the following lengths and formats:

  • Talks/Demos: Presentations and demonstrations are allocated 20 minutes each. Speakers should reserve time for interactive exchanges on next steps, possible NDSA community action, and discussion or debate.

  • Panels: Panel discussions with 4 or more speakers will be given a dedicated session. Organizers are especially encouraged to include as diverse an array of perspectives and voices as possible, and to reserve time for audience Q&A.

  • Posters: Poster presenters will have the opportunity to interact with attendees one-on-one or in small groups, to exchange ideas and engage in conversation. (Guidelines for poster sizes will be provided on acceptance.)

  • Lunchtime Working Group Meetings: NDSA working and interest group chairs are invited to propose group meetings or targeted collaboration sessions. (Lunch provided.)

Past Meetings

An archive of past Digital Preservation meetings (which from 2011-2014 was a combined NDIIPP-NDSA conference for the digital preservation community) can be found on the Digital Preservation Meetings page at the Library of Congress.


For the latest on upcoming events, see our NDSA calendar. More events relevant to the NDSA’s mission are to be found on the DLF Community Calendar.