Added on 27 June 2018

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) will host the International Conference on Digital Preservation (iPres) in Glasgow in 2022.

The iPres conference is a global forum for research and development in digital preservation.  Held every year since 2004 it has been held on four continents, embracing a variety of topics in digital preservation from strategy to implementation, and from international and local initiatives.  It welcomes small organizations and large; established leaders and new entrants. Year on year the debate and research profiled at iPres have moved digital preservation from a niche specialism of experts to a global challenge with the community to match.

The DPC is long-standing part of the digital preservation community around the world, helping to address the challenge of reliable access to digital resources from its base in Glasgow, and the Coalition’s network will be used to good effect. Representing and working on behalf of the diverse and dynamic digital preservation community around the world, the DPC will draw from the expertise of its membership, as well as lessons learned in community engagement, administration and the dissemination of research, to deliver a world-class program on the state of the art in digital preservation for all parts of the community from creators, curators, funders, researchers, solution providers and users.

“We’re already looking forward to welcoming the digital preservation community to Glasgow”, said Executive Director of the DPC, William Kilbride. “Although Scotland has a significant and active digital preservation community, and although a great many research and development projects have been based here, iPres has never before come to Scotland. Glasgow has such a great deal to offer, and we are excited to share it with existing and new friends in digital preservation.”

Bringing iPres to Scotland in 2022 is also a fitting way to mark the twentieth anniversary of the DPC as well as the culmination of its current strategic plan, celebrating its distinctive contribution and learning from the incredibly supportive community they represent. It is a timely occasion to reflect on the two decades of research and practice from DPC members that have influenced the digital preservation community around the world; and in that brief moment of celebration to recognize and embrace the challenges ahead.

Amongst its activities, the DPC also offers a biennial series of awards which, since 2004, have celebrated good practice and innovation in the delivery of digital preservation. In 2022 this exciting event will also form part of the iPres program.

Councillor David McDonald, Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life said, “It is a privilege to welcome the International Conference on Digital Preservation to Glasgow, the first time it has ever been held in Scotland.  Glasgow is a world class conference city and is home to one of the most collaborative and dynamic innovation economies in Europe, with outstanding partnerships between the public, private and academic sectors.  As the Glasgow based Digital Preservation Coalition gears up to celebrate its twentieth anniversary, we look forward to welcoming iPres delegates to the city in 2022.”

The DPC exists to secure our digital legacy, enabling members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services and helping them to derive enduring value from digital assets and raising awareness of the strategic, cultural and technological challenges they face. The Coalition achieve its aims through advocacy, community engagement, workforce development, capacity-building, good practice and good governance. 

Event header image used with permission of Glasgow Convention Bureau

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