Digital Preservation 2018

Digital Preservation 2018: In/visible Work


About the NDSA and Digital Preservation 2018:

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 2018 (#digipres18) 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 beautiful M Resort, just outside of Las Vegas, NV. The NDSA strives to create a safe, accessible, welcoming, and inclusive event, and will operate under the DLF Forum’s Code of Conduct.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Please see a full list of our wonderful 2018 DLF Forum + Digital Preservation sponsors. Interested in sponsoring for 2019? Please email if you would like more information.


Registration is open! Be among the first to secure a ticket and start planning for yet another memorable event. Please click here to register.

The registration rate is $200, which includes continental breakfast, hot lunch, coffee breaks, and a reception. A limited number of reduced rate tickets ($150) will be available to help ease costs for attendees who are not funded by an institution and are paying completely out-of-pocket. Please register at this rate on the honor system if you receive no outside/institutional support.

All 2018 DLF Forum affiliated events (including Digital Preservation 2018) cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing. Please email your request to A full refund minus a $25 service fee is available until September 21. No refunds will be available starting October 1.


The planning committee is excited to share the program for Digital Preservation 2018! To view the conference’s offerings, please scroll down to Wednesday and Thursday.

Presenters are encouraged to upload their presentations ahead of the conference to our online repository.


Guests can make reservations online at the M Resort as part of our conference room block by using this reservations web link. Alternatively, a reservation can be made calling the M Resort’s toll-free reservations line at (877) 673-7678 and mentioning the group code SDLF18. The base room rate is $170 per room per night during the DLF Forum and affiliated events (before taxes and incidentals).

Please Note: The M Resort is currently sold out except for a very limited number of rooms on October 17. However, rooms do open up periodically, so it’s worth calling the M to check.

Keynote: Snowden Becker

Snowden Becker will open Digital Preservation 2018 with a talk entitled “To See Ourselves as Others See Us: On Archives, Visibility, and Value.”

Becker manages the graduate degree program in audiovisual archiving and preservation in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA, where she also teaches courses in preservation and archival administration. She previously worked at Academy Film Archive, J. Paul Getty Museum, and Japanese American National Museum. Becker is pursuing a PhD in Information Science at University of Texas at Austin. She has an MLIS from UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and a BFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art.

Snowden Becker’s research interests focus on how audiovisual materials are integrated into, accessed, and preserved as part of our larger cultural heritage. Her forthcoming dissertation, Keeping the Pieces: Evidence management and archival practice in law enforcement, addresses the property room as a type of archive, and examines how audiovisual recordings and file-based media are managed alongside material evidence in law enforcement organizations. That work has led into additional research projects related to the creation, management, and preservation of audiovisual evidence, including an IMLS-funded National Forum on data management needs arising from large-scale video recording programs such as police body-worn cameras.

Digital Preservation Mentorship Program

This year the Digital Preservation 2018 planning committee is piloting a NDSA mentorship program, based on the successful DLF Forum Mentors. This program is intended to be lightweight and seeks to establish mentoring relationships among our community members, centered around face-to-face interaction at #digipres18.

As part of the Digital Preservation 2018 registration process, registrants will have the opportunity to sign up as either a mentor or mentee. The NDSA program committee will facilitate the matching, based on expertise and mentee requests. Mentors agree to:

  • Exchange emails and/or set up a phone/video chat to get to know each other before the conference
  • Meet up as early as possible at Digital Preservation 2018, to be a friendly face, help make introductions, and generally advise on how to make the most of the conference
  • Offer career advice as requested, based on their own experience
  • Maintain confidentiality and exhibit professionalism in all interactions (including by adhering to DLF’s Code of Conduct)

In addition, mentors will have access to a private discussion forum that can be used to get and give advice, explore mentorship philosophy, and provide feedback that will help shape the pilot program.

#DigiPres18 Planning Committee Members

  • Aaron Collie, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (Chair)
  • John Class, Wayne State University
  • Maria Esteva, Texas Advanced Computing Center, UT Austin
  • Chad Garrett, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture
  • Marina Georgieva, University of Nevada – Las Vegas
  • Richard Higgins, Indiana University Libraries
  • Graham Hukill, Wayne State University
  • Sarah Jones, University of Nevada – Las Vegas
  • Alex Kinnaman, Virginia Tech
  • Carol Kussmann, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Monique Lassere, University of Arizona Libraries
  • Miriam Meislik, University of Pittsburgh
  • Daniel Noonan, The Ohio State University
  • Krista Oldham, Haverford College
  • Amy Rudersdorf, AVP
  • Sibyl Schaefer, University of California-San Diego
  • Marco Seiferle-Valencia, Michigan State University Libraries

Call for Proposals - CLOSED May 7, 2018

Thank you for your contributions! All submissions will be peer-reviewed by NDSA’s volunteer Program Committee. Presenters will be notified in June and guaranteed a registration slot at the conference.

The CFP closed on May 7. Browse below to see the details on which all of this year’s submissions are based.

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) invites proposals for Digital Preservation 2018: “In/visible Work” to be held in Henderson, NV, October 17-18, 2018.

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. Submit proposals online:

We especially encourage proposals that speak to our conference theme, “In/visible Work.”

Digital preservation efforts are supported by deep and complex infrastructures of people, organizations, software, technology, and standards. When these components align, preservation and access of digital materials may appear to be an effortless and seamless process — however, much of the work to collect, acquire, build, maintain, describe, and preserve digital collections is hidden from primary stakeholders and end users alike. This year, DigiPres 2018 invites presentations and workshops around the theme of “In/visible Work,” which seek to highlight the many layers and labors of digital preservation. Along with other digital preservation topics, the program committee is particularly interested in presentations that address:

  • Labor & workforce development;
  • Underrepresented people, collections and communities;
  • Maintenance and the work of digital maintainers;
  • Tech-debt, “degralesence,” and retroactive labor;
  • Financial sustainability, environmental resources, and social costs of technologies;
  • Storage commitments, contracts and costs;
  • Models and strategies for post-custodial digital preservation; or
  • Transparency, openness, and identity.

Submissions are invited in the following lengths and formats:

  • Talks/Demos: Presentations and demonstrations are allocated 30 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. “Manels”/all-male panels will not be accepted into the conference and proposals involving a diversity of speakers will be looked on favorably by the committee
  • Workshops: Hands-on training sessions on specific tools, techniques, workflows, or concepts. All workshop organizers are asked to provide details on technology needs and learning outcomes for participants. Workshops are allotted 90 minutes.
  • Minute Madness/Posters: Share your ideas in 60 seconds or less as part of the opening plenary of the conference. Presenters will have the option to display posters during the reception that follows. (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.)