I’m very pleased to share the call for papers for the 2013 Personal Digital Archiving Conference, which will be held on the east coast at the University of Maryland College Park on Feb 21-22, 2013. Many readers of CNI-ANNOUNCE will recall the 2011 and 2012 meetings, which were hosted at the Internet Archive in San Francisco, California; materials from these meetings are available on the net. CNI is very pleased to again be a cooperating organization on this important conference.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Personal Digital Archiving 2013
21-22 February 2013
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA
Our vital personal records are becoming digital, from family
photographs and personal documents to health and financial
information. New capture devices and media types are reshaping our
personal and collective memories, and personal collections are growing
in size and complexity.
The Personal Digital Archiving 2013 Conference welcomes a broad
community working to ensure long-term access for personal collections
and archives. This year, the conference theme focuses on the
relationships between collective and individual action around
preserving personal digital content. Companies and cultural heritage
institutions steward information that documents the life and times of
private individuals. At the same time, individuals manage and “self-
archive” content for future use by themselves and their families.
Personal Digital Archiving 2013 invites proposals on the full range of
topics relevant to personal digital archiving.
Presentations might address materials and format challenges including
family archives of photographs and home movies, personal health and
financial data, scrapbooking, social network posts, genealogy, blogs,
email and other correspondence. Presentations might also address
themes that unite digital archives, including interface design for
archives; institutional practices; community outreach; tools; and
funding models. Additionally the program committee encourages
proposals exploring the following questions:
* What new social norms are emerging around preservation, access,
* How should libraries, museums and archives help collect personal
* What are some practical strategies for helping libraries, museums
and archives conduct personal archiving outreach to
* What are effective outreach strategies for encouraging individuals
to undertake personal digital archiving?
* How can we cope with the intersection between personal data and
collective or social data that is personal?
* What tools and services are needed to better enable self-archiving?
What models for user interfaces are most appropriate?
* What are viable existing economic models that can support personal
archives? What new economic models should we evaluate?
* What are the the key issues associated with digital estate planning
and “the digital afterlife”?
The conference program will include three types of presentations:
20-minute papers, 5-minute lightning talks, and posters (including
If you wish to submit an abstract for the conference, please visit:
Submissions should include:
* The title of your project, paper or presentation
* For 20-minute paper presentations, a 300-word abstract
* For lightning talks and posters, a 150-300 word abstract
* A brief biographical sketch or CV (no more than 2 pages)
Paper, poster, and lightning talk submissions are due 2 November 2012