3 April 2020 | 15:00 BST Online | Zoom

The cultural heritage community has engaged with environmental sustainability in many areas, but is only beginning to explore the sustainability concerns of digital preservation activities. Building off of a recent American Archivist article (“Toward Environmentally Sustainable Digital Preservation”), in which the authors argue that truly sustainable practice will come only from critical examination of the underlying motivations and assumptions of current digital preservation practices, the authors will introduce the sustainability framework proposed in the article and facilitate group discussion to apply this thinking to participants' own organizational contexts and identify existing holes in research.


  • Keith Pendergrass, Harvard Business School

  • Walker Sampson, University of Colorado Boulder

  • Tim Walsh, Artefactual Systems

  • Laura Alagna, Northwestern University

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