Digital Preservation 2019 Critical Junctures


About the NDSA and Digital Preservation 2019:

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance is a consortium of more than 220 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 2019 (#digipres19) intended to help to chart future directions for both the NDSA and digital stewardship, and was 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 was held at the beautiful Tampa Marriott Water Street, in Tampa, FL.

The NDSA strives to create a safe, accessible, welcoming, and inclusive event, and operates under the DLF Forum’s Code of Conduct.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Please see a full list of our wonderful 2019 DLF Forum + Digital Preservation sponsors.

Interested in sponsoring an upcoming event? Please email if you would like more information.

We are also so grateful to our 2018 sponsors for making last year’s event a success.

Review our 2019 Event

If you weren’t able to join us in Tampa or if you’d like to review event happenings, read on.

Check out event recordings. The opening plenary of Digital Preservation 2019: Critical Junctures was livestreamed and recorded thanks to generous support from Carnegie Mellon University Libraries. You can view the recordings on this page.

Browse the conference program. The program for Digital Preservation 2019: Critical Junctures is available here.

Catch up with shared notes. Shared notes for all sessions (including Learn@DLF and the DLF Forum) are available here:

Check out presentations in the OSF Repository. All presenters were encouraged to share their presentations in our OSF Repository, available here

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Keynote: Alison Langmead


Alison Langmead will open the 2019 Digital Preservation conference with a keynote entitled, “Sustainability Is Not Preservation.” In her talk, Langmead will discuss her experiences both collaboratively producing the NEH-funded Socio-Technical Sustainability Roadmap at the Visual Media Workshop at the University of Pittsburgh as well as some of the lessons learned from working through this sustainability workshop with over 100 people in six locations across the United States this past year.

Here is the full abstract for “Sustainability Is Not Preservation”:

The ongoing sustainability of digital projects is of critical concern to both project creators and stewards alike, and while much of the conversation in and around digital sustainability practices takes place in arenas adjacent to, or connected with, digital preservation, it is increasingly important to be purposeful about identifying the appropriate use cases for each of these approaches. In this talk, Alison Langmead will discuss her experiences co-creating and working with the Socio-Technical Sustainability Roadmap (STSR). Having now presented a two-day version of this sustainability workshop with over 100 people in six locations across the United States, the STSR team has become even firmer in their conviction that, for sustainability practices to be successful, project leaders must keep the changing, socially-contingent nature of both their project and their working environment(s) consistently in mind as they initiate, maintain, and support their own work. We feel that this approach constitutes a break from traditional preservation practices and standards that assume, and in some cases require, unchanging fixity from preserved digital products for an indefinite period into the future. Sustainability planning, by contrast, flourishes best when the fluid, changing nature of contemporary digital practices and products are accepted, and the possibility of a project retirement date is assumed. This rupture can mean that, for users to take up digital preservation practices, they must significantly modify workflows and (even) goals, but it can also mean that these users do not take up preservation practices at all, finding them impractical for their purposes.

Alison Langmead holds a joint faculty appointment at the University of Pittsburgh between the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences (DSAS) and the School of Computing and Information (SCI) at the rank of Clinical Associate Professor. At DSAS, she serves as the Director of the Visual Media Workshop (VMW), a digital humanities lab focused on the investigation of material and visual culture—historical or contemporary—in an environment that encourages technological experimentation. At SCI, she teaches courses on digital preservation and the digital humanities. In her research, she designs and produces digital humanities projects that investigate visuality and materiality as multivalent, interactive processes. She also studies the practice of digital sustainability as a complex, transformative ecosystem that informs our understanding of the role of historical information in our contemporary digitality. Langmead is the Principal Contact for the DHRX: Digital Humanities at Pitt faculty research initiative, which represents a transdisciplinary network of scholars at the university who use digital methods to study the ways in which humans interact with their environments, whether social or cultural, natural or human-created. She holds a PhD in medieval architectural history from Columbia University as well as an MLIS from the University of California, Los Angeles.

2019 Sponsors

Thank you to our 2019 DLF Forum + Digital Preservation sponsors!

We are so grateful to our wonderful 2018 sponsors for making last year’s event a success.

2019 DigiPres Organizing Committee

Thank you to these individuals for their hard work in organizing the 2019 Digital Preservation conference.

  • Sibyl Schaefer, UC San Diego (chair)
  • Courtney C. Mumma, Texas Digital Library (vice chair)
  • Seth Anderson, Yale University Library
  • Heather Barnes, Wake Forest University
  • Joe Carrano, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Suzanne Chase, Georgetown University
  • David Cirella, Yale University
  • Stefan Elnabli, UC San Diego
  • Alex Kinnaman, Virginia Tech
  • Dan Noonan, The Ohio State University
  • Krista Oldham, Clemson University
  • Kristen Schuster, King’s College London

DigiPres Call for Proposals

The 2019 Digital Preservation Call for Proposals closed on April 28. You can review the CFP here.

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.

Information regarding past Digital Preservation meetings from 2016- can be found below: