iPRES 2015 Call for Contributions

iPRES is the premier international conference on the preservation and long term management of digital materials. The iPRES 2015 will be held on Novemeber 2-6, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Contributions are currently being sought that present research and innovative practice in digital preservation.

The iPRES 2015 conference is seeking contributions from research and innovative practice in digital preservation.

See also: Author information and guidelines

Contribution topics

We welcome contributions that address at least one of the following topics:

Institutional opportunities and challenges

  • local, regional and national approaches
  • legislative context and requirements
  • institutional contexts for preservation
  • collaboration and alignment
  • collection content profiling
  • research data management
  • personal archiving
  • documenting authenticity and integrity
  • demonstrating benefits and incentives
  • providing and documenting added value
  • evaluating options: products, tools, registries, services, service providers
  • exploring the potential of bartering

Infrastructure (organizational and technological) opportunities and challenges

  • bit preservation
  • scalability
  • complex formats
  • large data sets, e.g. web data or research data
  • system architectures and requirements
  • distributed and cloud-based implementations
  • digital forensics
  • standards-based practice

Frameworks for digital preservation

  • models
  • standards and practice
  • core concepts
  • business models
  • sustainability and economic viability

Preservation strategies and workflows

  • preservation strategies (e.g., migration, emulation, normalization)
  • preservation metadata management
  • preservation planning and action
  • archival storage and archival packages
  • acquisition, ingest, and submission packages
  • long-term access management and dissemination packages
  • measuring and mediating risks
  • content-specific approaches (e.g., GIS, digital art, audiovisual, research data, web-based content, models)

Innovative practice

  • implementations
  • repositories
  • issues and wins
  • lessons learned
  • the future of digital preservation

Training and education

  • educational needs
  • evaluating curricula and impacts
  • innovative offerings
  • support for lifelong learning
  • career management

See the Author information and guidelines page for information on how to submit, according to the types below.

Program strands

iPRES 2015 is being structured around two key strands – research and innovative practice. Papers are invited for both strands.

The purpose of this distinction is to promote work from both a research and innovative practice perspective and work that is clearly rooted in the actual experience of institutions undertaking digital preservation. We expect that there will be work that manages to encapsulate both of these strands, and that is welcomed.

All papers for iPRES 2015 should:

  • be leading edge
  • be innovative
  • help inform debate around what digital preservation is.

Submission types

Note that submissions for all categories should be made through EasyChair using the iPRES 2015 template. See the Author information and guidelines.

Full and Short papers

Full papers (8 to 10 pages) will report research work with novel contributions and/or practical engagement with digital preservation problems that show a demonstrable advance in the practice of digital preservation.

Short papers (3 to 5 pages) can focus on new challenges and work in progress, whether in the research or innovative practice strand.

All contributions must report on novel and previously unpublished work and will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 members of the Program Committee.

Accepted papers will be published in the iPRES 2015 proceedings.

A best paper award will be offered and recommended for publication in an appropriate journal.

Posters and demonstrations

Poster and demonstration submissions (abstracts of up to 2 pages) are encouraged for posters reporting on emerging issues or work in progress, and also for demonstrations of innovative solutions. These submissions should describe the work to be presented and its contribution beyond the state of the art. Posters and demonstrations will be presented in a dedicated session during the conference.

All contributions will be peer-reviewed. Abstracts of accepted posters and demonstrations will be published in the iPRES 2015 proceedings.

A best poster award will be offered.


Proposals (abstracts of up to 2 pages) for thematic panels to be held during the main conference program can be submitted by 3 to 5 experts. Acceptance will be judged on the merits of the proposal and relevance for the expected audience. Proposals must detail the subject, motivation and panelists. Abstracts of accepted panels will be published in the iPRES 2015 proceedings.


Proposals (abstracts of up to 2 pages) for thematic workshops are welcome. Proposals must detail the subject, scope, program strand and intended content. Ideally, workshops should be open to public registration and participation. Acceptance will be judged on the merits of the proposal, requirements for its organization, and local capability to support it (which should not be a major constraint). Abstracts of accepted workshops will be published in the iPRES 2015 proceedings.


Tutorials must be on a single topic, addressed at either an introductory level or an in-depth, expert level. Submissions for tutorials should be a maximum of 2 pages, including a brief summary abstract and an outline of the content, the duration (half-day 3 hours or full-day 6 hours), a description of the intended audience and the expected learning outcomes, and a short biography of the presenter(s). Abstracts of accepted tutorials will be published in the iPRES 2015 proceedings.

Peer review and inclusion in iPres 2015 Proceedings

All submissions will be subject to peer review. Those that are accepted for inclusion in the conference will be published in the iPRES 2015 proceedings. For full and short papers, the full text will be published. For posters, demonstrations, workshops, tutorials and panels, abstracts will be published. After receiving results of the peer review, authors will have an opportunity to edit their submissions for the final proceedings. In order to ensure inclusion in the proceedings, authors should submit final text by 15 August 2015.

Publication and Pre-publication at iPres 2015

iPRES is a venue where individuals from across the globe hash out ideas, share results and propose further actions to address the challenges and opportunities of digital preservation. This year, we would like to take further advantage of these rich exchanges by changing how the final proceedings are published.

Participants at the conference will receive full pre-publication drafts of papers and abstracts of workshops, tutorials, panels, posters, and demos. Authors will be encouraged to link their own papers to others, to deal with criticisms or comments received, and to clear up any inaccuracies or misunderstandings. In addition panelists and workshop hosts will be invited to report their sessions more fully, and the program committee will commission a number of thematic syntheses to act as an accessible commentary to the whole conference. Authors will be given a short period after the conference to update their contributions to take account of discussion, debate and conference developments. Please note that pre-conference versions will be published if no revised version is provided.

Additional opportunities

Submissions are also encouraged for associated activities outside the formal program. Responsibility for planning and management of these would be with the submitting organization. The Program Committee would appreciate being notified and consulted about such activities in order to best coordinate efforts with the conference program.

Key Dates

Short and long papers (full text) due April 29, 2015 April 12, 2015
Panel, workshop, and tutorial submissions (abstract) due May 15, 2015
Submitters notified of review decisions for papers, panels, workshops and tutorials June 22, 2015
Poster and demo submissions (abstract) due July 10, 2015 June 29, 2015
Submitters notified of review decisions for poster and demos July 17, 2015
Preview versions of all submissions due, to include in conference participants packet September 20, 2015
Earlybird registration closes October 1, 2015
iPRES Conference November 2-6, 2015
Final versions of conference contributions (including revisions based on conference feedback and activities) due November 20, 2015