VANISHING POINT: The Curation and Preservation of Virtual Reality


As Virtual and Augmented Reality become part of the artists’ toolkit, museums and galleries are tackling the issue of how to collect, preserve and curate Virtual Reality artworks, ensuring they have a life beyond the present. 

Vanishing Point: The Curation and Preservation of Virtual Reality is a one-day conference that brings together industry experts from the BBC, Tate, V&A and BFI to discuss the challenges of preserving new media and look towards possible solutions. Speakers will include keynotes from Tom Burton (BBC) and Solomon Rogers (Chair of BAFTA Immersive Entertainment) with panel discussions featuring Jesse de Vos of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and George Stanley of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

Programme and Recordings

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9.30am – 10.00am

Coffee and registration


Welcome, Jeremy Till (Head of Central St. Martin's)

10.10am – 10.20am   

Judy Willcocks (Head of Museum, CSM)

10.20am – 10.50am   

Setting the Scene for Industry, Solomon Rogers (CEO of Rewind, Chair of BAFTA Immersive Entertainment)

10.50am – 12.10pm   

Makers of Makers Panel


Chair: Solomon Rogers


Nicola Francis (MA Virtual Reality at London College of Communication)


Rebecca Gregory-Clarke (Digital Catapult)


Nick Lambert (Computer Art Society, Ravensbourne, Lumen Art Projects)


Panel Discussion

12.10pm – 1.10pm     

Lunch and Showcase of student artworks, The Street

1.10pm – 2.40pm       

Curatorial Preservation Panel


Chair: Angela Doane (BFI)


Jack McConchie, Tom Ensom (Tate) and Dom Biddulph (CSM)


Melanie Lenz (V&A)


Stephen McConnachie and Will Massa (BFI)


Panel Discussion

2.40pm – 3.00pm   

Tea and coffee

3.00pm – 4.20pm    

National and International Strategy panel


Chair: Judy Willcocks (Head of Museum, CSM)


William Kilbride (Digital Preservation Coalition)


Jesse de Vos (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision)


George Stanley-Jones (Digital Culture DCMS)


Panel Discussion

4.20pm - 4.30pm                      

Final thoughts and finish 

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OPF JHOVE Hack Week April 2019

Added on 18 March 2019

The Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) will be running two online hack weeks during 2019. The first, which will take place on 8th - 12th April, will focus on development. A second hack week will take place in September, with a goal to update and create new documentation.

What’s the goal?

The aim of the development hack week is to improve JHOVE for the benefit of its users. OPF plans to concentrate on the ‘quick fixes’ to reduce JHOVE’s issue list and make it easier to assign bug fixes and new features to future releases. There is a variety of tasks so everyone should be able to find something they can work on given the time, knowledge and skills available to them.

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iPRES 2019 Call for Contributions Deadline Extended to 20 March (Midnight PST)

Added on 18 March 2019

Dear iPRES 2019 Supporter,

We want to acknowledge the great many people who have already submitted their papers and proposals in advance of our March 18th deadline. Thanks so much to you all!

Over the weekend we have received many requests to extend the deadline for submission of iPRES 2019 papers and proposals for panels, posters, demonstrations, workshops, tutorials and hackathon sessions.

As a result, the iPRES 2019 Program Committee has decided to extend the final deadline for the Call for Contributions. Submissions are now due no later than Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 (midnight PST).

There will be no extension beyond this, as we still need to publish the programme in good time.

We hope this will give those who require it, additional time to finalize their papers and proposals for iPRES 2019, being held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, this September. iPRES 2019 Submission Guidelines can be found here. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by May 24, 2019.

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Channel 4 joins the Digital Preservation Coalition

Added on 18 March 2019

Channel 4 has joined the DPC as its newest Associate Member. Channel 4 is a public service broadcaster in the UK which is publicly owned, free to air but commercially funded.  Their digital archive looks after significant amounts of web materials as well as business documents and a diverse range of digital materials. 

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Breaking News from iPRES2019

Added on 15 March 2019

Working on your proposal for iPRES 2019? You just got a little bit more time! 

We know a lot of you are working on your proposals for iPRES 2019. We won't extend the deadline, but if you email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before midnight on Monday 18 March to say that a proposal is imminent we'll stop the clock for you and give you a bit more time.

Good luck on the final stretch!

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Vacancy for Digital Preservation Archivist at the University of York

7 April 2019

York, UK

£39,609 - £48,677 p/a


Interested in Digital Preservation and the iPres Community? Sign up for the iPres Interest Group

Added on 15 March 2019

Join the iPres Interest Group:

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The iPres Interest Group, beginning with this new email list, is a way to receive updates and share your feedback if you are involved with digital preservation community and have an interest in informing and/or tracking the efforts of the iPres Working Group. Discussions on the email list will continue after the iPres Working Group shares its outcomes and recommendations at the iPres 2019 Conference in Amsterdam 16-20 September.

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Archiving2019 Short Course Program

Added on 15 March 2019

Archiving2019 | 14-17 May 2019 | Torre do Tombo, Lisbon, Portugal


Learn how to use applications JHOVE and Goobi-to-Go to manage your workflow; IIIF for better access and management of data files; spectral imaging to improve digitization; and how to set up reliable quality assurance workflow for mass digitization: these techniques and more through the Archiving2019 Short Course Program.

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DPA2018 Winners Webinars: EPISODE 5 - IFI Loopline Project

The Digital Preservation Awards 2018 (DPA2018) Winners Webinar Series provides an opportunity to learn more about some of the latest and best digital preservation initiatives, recently celebrated by the Digital Preservation Awards on World Digital Preservation Day 2018 in Amsterdam.

Each episode explores the winning entry for each category of the Digital Preservation Awards, providing an overview of each initiative, investigating how their work might be used within the community, and providing an opportunity for discussion with awards winners.

EPISODE 5: IFI Irish Film Archive Loopline Project

When Irish creative and cultural documentaries maker Loopline closed its studios in 2017, it transferred its holdings to the IFI Irish Film Archive. Using in house development, this project assessed, catalogued, digitised, preserved and made available the entire Loopline Collection which begins in 1992, contains over 900 hours of material, and might otherwise have been lost.

Join this webinar to find out about audio visual preservation, overcoming budgetary contraints and preserving a legacy.



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 Kasandra O'Connell and Kieran O'Leary accept The National Archives Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy

Watch the recording

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