The 2014 Personal Digital Archiving Conference will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 10-11, 2014. (Note that the dates have changed from the originally announced April 17-18). I’ve attached the call for papers for this important conference below. The Web site for the meeting at
also has some additional information, as well as links to materials from previous conferences in the series. Once again, CNI is very pleased to be a collaborating organization in this event.
Call for Papers
Personal Digital Archiving 2014
“Building Stronger Personal Digital Archiving Communities”
10-11 April 2014
Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, Indiana
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 2, 2013
Personal Digital Archiving 2014 explores the intersections between individuals, public institutions, and private companies engaged in the creation, preservation and ongoing use of the digital records of our daily lives. The conference reflects upon the current status of personal archiving, its achievements, challenges, issues, and needs as evidenced through research, education, case studies, practitioner experiences, best practices, the development of tools and services, storage options, curation, and economic sustainability. There is also interest in the role of libraries, archives and other cultural heritage organizations in supporting personal digital archiving through outreach or in conjunction with developing community history collections.
The PDA 2014 Program Committee invites proposals on a full range of topics relevant to personal digital archiving from everyone who seeks to ensure long-term access and preservation for personal collections and archives. Case studies that illustrate effective ways to help users and institutions manage personal digital archives are especially encouraged. Presentations might also 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 explore how personal digital archives are being used in the research conducted within various scholarly disciplines and how such use impacts research methodologies. Themes that unite digital archives, including interface design for archives; institutional practices; community outreach; tools; and funding models are welcomed. Additionally the program committee encourages proposals exploring the following questions:
- What social contexts shape what people decide to preserve and make accessible about their lives over time?
- How do we preserve the ability to access digital content over time when every app/community/network has a lifecycle that involves the end of its existence?
- Is there too much fragmentation and reinvention of the wheel in the PDA field? Are there collaborative models to consider to encourage greater efficiency?
- How should libraries, museums and archives collect personal digital materials? How do we better share our knowledge and communicate about our work (including the failures as well as the successes)?
- How are archivists, curators, genealogists using born-digital and/or digitized material in their research?
- What are some practical strategies for helping libraries, museums and archives conduct personal archiving outreach to their communities?
- How can individuals be encouraged to undertake personal digital archiving activities?
- What are effective strategies and best practices for personal digital archiving in social media and ecommerce settings?
- What is the best way to integrate scanning of analog materials into personal digital archiving while recognizing that digitization isn’t digital preservation?
- What tools and services now exist to help with personal archiving? What do we need to make the process easier or more effective?
- What storage options are currently available; how do they compare with one another; and what can we expect to see in the near future? How do we address scalability issues?
- What are viable existing economic models that can support personal archives? What new economic models should we evaluate?
- What are the key issues associated with digital estate planning and “the digital afterlife”?
- How can users work with social media companies for better APIs and/or download services to get usefully formatted export of personal data?
- How do Terms of Service vary for social media networks and cloud-based services, particularly in connection with ownership, copyright, privacy and liability?
The conference program will include three types of presentations: 20-minute papers, 5-minute lightning talks, and posters (including demos).
To submit a proposal please visit the PDA 2014 website located at: http://visions.indstate.edu/pda2014/index.html.
Submissions should include the title of your project, paper or presentation and
- 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)