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Invitation

Digital preservation is all about collaboration. All are welcome in this dynamic and diverse community. Everyone has something to offer:- computing and engineering; libraries and archives; researchers and their audiences; the past and the present; the present and the future. Collaboration has been a central pillar of a shared response to a shared global challenge. If you are working in digital preservation and you are not collaborating, then you are on a lonely road. In this year of lockdown and distancing a familiar fact becomes apparent. You cannot collaborate alone.

Here’s the paradox. In the year in which we all have most in common, we are able to share least. In the year when digital infrastructures have become central to our lives, our opportunities to plan and reflect on our own digital infrastructures are subdued. In the year when we have learned so much and have so much to tell, we are most constrained in how we impart all that new-found and hard-won knowledge.

So, the global digital preservation community is cordially invited to join in an online programme of talks and presentations on 22nd, 23rd and 24th September – a celebration of iPRES and the digital preservation community. 

To be clear, #WeMissiPRES is not a conference. There are no ‘papers’ in the formal sense and nor will there be a weighty edited volume of proceedings. #WeMissiPRES will sustain our discussions and keep us connected, until the time is right for a fully fledged conference again. It’s more like a fringe festival or a coffee shop conversation. 

All are welcome. 

Register now to join us for three half-days of online iPRES celebrations in September, including a mix of presentations and interactive discussion, all supported by social and networking opportunities, as follows: 

RECORDINGS 

DAY ONE

Consult the detailed program for #WeMissiPRES Day 1

Welcome to #WeMissiPres

Keynote: Geert Lovink - Platforms, Networks and the Networked Psyche State of the Art of Critical Internet Culture during the Covid Times

SESSION 1  - Stream 1

Digital Preservation in 2021

SESSION 1 - Stream 2

Picking up the Threads of 2019

SESSION 1 - Stream 3

Best of Digital Preservation in 2021 

 

SESSION 2 - Stream 1

Digital Preservation in 2021

SESSION 2 - Stream 2

Picking up the Threads of 2019

SESSION 2 - Stream 3

Best of Digital Preservation in 2021

SESSION 2 - Stream 4

COVID 19 and Digital Preservation

SESSION 3 - Stream 1

Digital Preservation in 2021

SESSION 3 - Stream 2

Picking up the Threads of 2019 

SESSION 3 - Stream 3

Best of Digital Preservation in 2021 

 

 

 DAY TWO

Consult the detailed program for #WeMissiPRES Day 2

Welcome & Keynote: Michelle Caswell, Revisiting Feminist Standpoint Appraisal: Centering Oppressed Positions in Times of Crisis 

SESSION 1 - Stream 1

Digital Preservation Awards

Research & Innovation and

Collaboration & Cooperation

SESSION 1 - Stream 2

Digital Preservation Awards

Student Work and

Teaching & Communications

SESSION 1 - Stream 3

Digital Preservation Awards

Digital Legacy and

Commerce, Industry & the Third Sector 

SESSION 2 - Stream 1

Digital Preservation in 2021

SESSION 2 - Stream 2

Picking up the Threads of 2019

SESSION 2 - Stream 3

Best of Digital Preservation in 2020

SESSION 3 - Stream 1

Digital Preservation in 2021

SESSION 3 - Stream 2

Picking up the Threads of 2019

SESSION 3 - Stream 3

Best of Digital Preservation in 2020

 

DAY THREE 

Consult the detailed program for #WeMissiPRES Day 3

Welcome & Keynotes: National Science Library, CAS; Forbidden City; China National Center for Bioinformation

SESSION 1 - Stream 1

Digital Preservation in 2021

SESSION 1 - Stream 2

Picking up the Threads of 2019

SESSION 1 - Stream 3

Best of Digital Preservation in 2020

Relaunch of iPRES Beijing

Thanks and Acknowledgments

 

Guidelines for #WeMissiPRES Hosts, Chairs, Speakers and Participants

The Themes

Although this is explicitly not a conference, we take past iPRES conferences as our point of departure. Each year the iPRES themes have related digital preservation to the challenges of our times: a message about the relevance of our work that is all the more important this year. In 2020 we were promised an iPRES to ‘empower digital preservation for the enriched digital ecosystem’ without knowing quite how enriched or vital that digital ecosystem was about to become. With an ‘Eye to the Horizon’ (2019) we can see through the fog, to a place ‘Where art and science meet’ (2018). ‘Maintaining cultural diversity in the digital age’ (2017) has never mattered more, when we are facing a pandemic that touches every corner of the globe, and voices are raising the realities of racial inequalities on a mass scale.  

#WeMissiPRES is not an official iPRES conference. It’s not even a conference. It’s a collaboration and celebration of iPRES and all the digital preservation progress that has been made since the last gathering. To ignite the conversation, we have identified three themes:

  • Picking up the threads of 2019

    #WeMissiPRES falls more or less on the anniversary of iPRES in Amsterdam in September 2019. It has been a year which few could have anticipated. What has happened with all the great insights and plans we shared then? Themes about the role of archives in structural inequalities, the sociology of digital technologies and the preservation of open source intelligence were particularly prominent in the 2019 discussions, and a whole slew of projects, technologies, use cases and solutions were showcased. How have they fared considering the many upheavals of 2020?
  • The Best of Digital Preservation, 2020

    #WeMissiPRES gives us a chance to celebrate the best of digital preservation this year. That’s partly about how the digital preservation community has responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but also the economic crises, the social movements, and ecological traumas of the year. The biennial International Digital Preservation Awards also take place in 2020, and the global digital preservation community is invited to participate. Despite the gloom and worry there’s a lot to celebrate! #WeMissiPRES gives us an opportunity to do that.
  • Digital Preservation in 2021

    #WeMissiPRES gives us a chance to consider the near future, relating digital preservation to the ‘new normal’. Let’s face it, 2020 has been so disrupted that at times we’ve all struggled to plan to the end of the week, let alone to plan the long term of our digital infrastructures. This conversation is urgent. Will it be ‘business as usual’ when we get back to work? Or will the return to normality mean going ‘back to the (unknown) future’? How do we capitalize on the successes we have demonstrated? What new challenges have arisen unseen? So we welcome reflections on actual events that have changed the world, and how digital preservation will have to accommodate them; and all other ideas about the future of digital preservation. One thing is certain, however: #WeMissiPRES also gives us a chance to relaunch and update plans for iPRES in 2021. So we will take this opportunity to give at least one small taste of the iPRES in 2021.

#WeMissiPRES 2020 Social Events

Drinks receptions or conference dinners are often used to mark the end of a long day of conferencing, and to provide a venue for a more informal exchange of ideas. At a dinner, you may be seated next to a few people you don’t know, and at a drinks reception, everyone wanders around, getting stuck into this or that grouping and picking up whatever conversational threads might be happening. Or initiating new conversations, if you’re the chatty type!

Online events are more prescribed than in-person events. You have to click the Zoom link at the right time, and there is no sticking around in a ‘room’ to have the after-talk, because the almighty moderator has to close that room in order to open up the next online link. In order to meet this reality and try to provide the social freedom and spontaneity that comes with wandering around a conference venue and bumping into other delegates, the #WeMissiPres social event will be about making brief, random, and wonderfully fleeting connections.

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Registration 

Registration is now closed. Joining instructions will be published on 18th September 2020. 

#WeMissiPRES will be hosted on the DPC’s Zoom account as our primary platform with a livefeed available to YouTube.  Recordings will be available afterwards.

#WeMissiPRES will meet under the terms of the DPC’s Inclusion and Diversity Policy. All are welcome.


Call for Assistance

An adhoc Programme and Organizing committee has been formed from a group of friends of iPRES:

  • Bradley Daigle
  • Andrea Goethals
  • Natalie Harrower
  • William Kilbride
  • John McMillan
  • Sarah Middleton
  • Angela Puggioni
  • Marcel Ras
  • Barbara Sierman
  • Barbara Signori
  • Zhenxin Wu

But we still need help! We will need chairs, discussants and prompters to help keep us on track. If you would like to offer your assistance, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Follow @WeMissiPRES and #WeMissIPRES for more information.


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