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Themes of iPRES 2021

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The main theme of iPRES2021: Empowering Digital Preservation for the Enriched Digital Ecosystem
We invite original contributions that describe theory-and-practice-informed approaches to scientific models, daily practice, collaborative efforts, creative solutions, and the progress your organization has made in digital preservation. Submissions should relate to the overall conference theme, Empowering Digital Preservation for the Enriched Digital Ecosystem, describing the cutting edge of our domain and crossing into others. We encourage submissions which describe collaborations across and beyond cultural heritage domains, and we welcome proposals that describe research and practice in agencies of all sizes and in all sectors.

2.1 Sub-theme 1: Exploring the New Horizons

New digital lifecycles, workflows, applications, etc., in all info-rich or info-supported areas.

New content, formats, technologies and techniques, organizing and application methods, supporting infrastructure.
New business models, issues of ownership, IP or privacy or security protection schemes, organizational mechanisms, and cross-domain relationships, etc.
Specific future challenges for knowledge-heavy or heritage industries or institutions, and for society at large, communities, and private citizens.
Potential use and impact, for digital preservation, of AI, cloud computing and fog/edge computing, big data, block-chain, smart workflows, etc.
Society or institutional failures in preserving digital information.

2.2 Sub-theme 2: Scanning the New Development

Latest developments in digital preservation tools, storage solutions, or infrastructural facilities in general.

Latest developments in tools, strategies, and practices, in preservation of research data, software, social media, web content, rich or interactive or smart media, VR/AR, etc.
Latest developments in file format management, identification and authenticity, secure custody, and migration, for digital preservation.
Latest development for digital preservation embedding in digital lifecycles or digital workflow.
Latest developments coming from unexpected stakeholders or non-traditional knowledge heritage institutions?

2.3 Sub-theme 3: Enhancing the Collaboration

Collaborate with who/where digital info is created, owned, or used.

Design, cultivate, enhance, and ensure collaboration in line with changing digital workflows and changing roles and responsibilities for digital info.
Design, stimulate, enhance, and ensure collaboration with changing definitions of knowledge heritage institutions.
Successful experiences and lessons learned in digital preservation.
Policies, mechanisms, infrastructure, workflows, and technique, etc., that would support or enhance collaborations.
Measure and demonstrate the impact and efficiency of collaboration.
Specific experiences in digital preservation collaboration with new content types, new digital-intensive areas, or new application scenarios.

2.4 Sub-theme 4: Building the Capacity & Capability

Business & economic models to facilitate digital preservation.

Development of digital preservation strategies, approaches, implementation mechanisms, cost plans, physical infrastructure, trustworthiness, and measurement of impact.
Developments of policies, standards, guidelines, best practices, workflows, use cases, etc., to improve implementation & management of digital preservation.
Using of existing or emerging capacity in up-stream, down-stream, or related areas of digital ecology for digital preservation capacity building.
Engage and involve content creators, users, and decision-makers in digital preservation.
Develop digital preservation workforce for current and future needs, in formal curricula or as on-job training or as continuing education.
Ensure that our growing body of digital preservation knowledge, explicit and tacit, is easily accessible to current and future practitioners.
Using open source technologies and open standards for digital preservation.

2.5 Sub-theme 5: COVID-19 and Digital Preservation

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in massive disruption to normal life, including dramatic reduction of in-person interaction and strong reliance on technology. This has led to paradigmatic changes in how people work, interact, and organize themselves digitally, which has a significant and long-lasting impact on digital preservation. iPRES2021 invite contributions that document the practice of dealing with the challenges of the pandemic and address the impact of COVID-19 on digital preservation:

● Developments and efforts in collecting and curating COVID-19 pandemic related information for long-term digital preservation, including any scoping, data privacy and security considerations.
● Developments of new services, techniques, systems, and infrastructure that help meet challenges posed by the pandemic to digital preservation, including any opportunities that emerged in the wake of recent disruptions.
● Identification and analysis of emerging or future trends in digital behaviors that will fundamentally change the digital preservation practice or require new approaches.