Digital Preservation 2017

Digital Preservation 2017: “Preservation is Political”


The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) will hold its annual conference, Digital Preservation 2017: “Preservation is Political,” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 25-26, 2017.

Digital Preservation is the major meeting and conference of the NDSA—open to 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. Our 2017 meeting is once again held in partnership with our host organization, the Digital Library Federation (DLF). DLF’s October 22nd pre-conference event (bringing together HBCUs and liberal arts colleges) and the 2017 DLF Forum (23-24 October) are all happening in the same location.

About the NDSA and Digital Preservation 2017

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance is a consortium of more than 210 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 2017 (#digipres17) 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.

The conference will be held at the Westin Convention Center “where downtown buzz meets restorative sleep”, just blocks from historic Market Square, The Andy Warhol Museum, boutiques, restaurants, and nightlife. The NDSA strives to create a safe, accessible, welcoming, and inclusive event, and will operate under the DLF Forum’s Code of Conduct.

Registration and Lodging

The 2017 CFP is now closed. All conference submissions will be peer-reviewed by NDSA’s volunteer Program Committee. Presenters will be notified in July and guaranteed a registration slot at the conference.

Conference registration opens June 2nd. $200 registration fees include continental breakfast, hot lunch, coffee breaks, and a reception. A limited number of student-rate tickets will also be available, at $150 each. Click here to register for the conference.

Update: as of early September, the Westin is completely sold out. It may still be worth checking, in case a cancellation has opened up a room, but we also recommend browsing the hotels at Visit Pittsburgh for further options.

Hotel rooms will be available from October 21 – October 26 at our group rate of $189 for standard guestrooms.

Keynote Speaker: Eira Tansey

Eira Tansey will open Digital Preservation 2017 with a talk (title TBD) that will explore the relationship between environmental policy and the preservation of records, and what implications this has for the future of climate justice.

Tansey is the Digital Archivist/Records Manager at the University of Cincinnati, where she is responsible for institutional records management, developing digital preservation policies, and working with born-digital archives. She previously worked at Tulane University Library’s Louisiana Research Collection, and has a B.A. in Geography from the University of Cincinnati, and an M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University’s School of Information.

Tansey’s research and writing focuses on the intersection of archives, the environment, and climate change. Her 2015 article “Archival adaptation to climate change” called for a broad response from the American archivist community to consider the impact of climate change on the profession and documentary cultural heritage. Her current work focuses on the relationship between records, land ownership, and environmental policy. She is also working with colleagues from Penn State University to map American archives’ exposure to climate change, and is collaborating on a Society of American Archivists Foundation grant to develop a comprehensive open database of archival repository location data to aid future spatial analysis.

She currently serves as the vice-chair of the Society of American Archivists Records Management Section, as co-chair of the Midwest Archives Conference 2018 meeting program committee, and is resident caretaker for ProjectARCC (Archivists Responding to Climate Change). Tansey is a member of the 2017 Archives Leadership Institute cohort.


We’re thrilled to share our Digital Preservation 2017: “Preservation is Political” program.

Proceedings and selected presentations from the program may be accessed here.

Planning Committee Members

  • Karen Cariani, WGBH Educational Foundation
  • Elena Colon-Marrero, Computer History Museum
  • George Coulbourne, Library of Congress
  • Megan De Armond, Frick Art Reference Library
  • John Paul Deley, Detre Library and Archives, Heinz History Center
  • Chad Garrett, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture
  • Cynthia Ghering, Michigan State University
  • Charlotte Kostelic, Library of Congress/Royal Collection Trust
  • Nathan Hall, Virginia Tech
  • Amy Hunsaker, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Drew Krewer, University of Houston
  • Sam Meister, Educopia Institute
  • Miranda Nixon, University of Pittsburgh
  • Robin Ruggaber, University of Virginia Library (Chair)
  • Melde Rutledge, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University
  • Erik Radio, University of Arizona
  • Sibyl Schaefer, UC San Diego
  • Bethany Scott, University of Houston
  • Beth Shields, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives