Dates: November 2-6, 2015, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Conference Venue: Friday Center for Continuing Education

See the iPRES 2015 Full Program (last updated: October 28, 2015) and Program at a Glance (last updated: November 1, 2015) and the list of posters and demos.  We will also distribute print copies of the full program to conference participants.

When tweeting about iPRES 2015, we recommend that you use the hashtag #ipres2015.

In addition to the numerous workshops, tutorials, papers, panels, posters and demos, we’ve also introduced several new components at this year’s conference.

On Tuesday morning we will start with “Spotlight: This Year’s Digital Preservation Noteworthy Progress and Achievements.” Program co-chairs, Nancy McGovern and Leo Konstantelos, will provide their thoughts on notable achievements in the past year and framework for the session, but the timeline also will be built from participant contributions. See the iPRES Amplified page for information about ways to contribute to this session.

On Wednesday we have a Preservation Storage Community Discussion.  This facilitated community discussion will open with some examples organizational approaches, strategies, and possible services then pose a series of questions to help participants identify and weigh options in relation to requirements, available resources, compliance, and feasibility. Note takers will capture highlights and outcomes from the discussion to share following the session. Please do bring along (and/or tweet) your examples and questions!

Also on Wednesday, there will be a Policy and Practice Documentation clinic. To demonstrate good practice, digital preservation programs need to develop, accumulate, preserve and make available as appropriate relevant and requisite policies and related documentation – evidence that repositories are addressing the set of emerging and evolving standards and requirements. This informal session will open with an overview of some organizational examples then break into small group to review examples and address questions from participants. Come ready with (and/or tweet) your examples and questions!

On Thursday, following on the success of the Systems Showcase that was introduced at iPRES 2014 in Melbourne, we will hold a Digital Preservation Showcase, which is framed by a very different set of tasks and questions (focusing more on support for digital preservation decision making), ensuring that those who attended last year’s Showcase will have many new things to learn and consider.  Session 1 (10:30am-12:00pm) will focus on Ingest.  Session 2 (1:00pm-2:00pm) will focus on Preservation and Storage.  Session 3 will focus on Access.  The Showcase will conclude (3:00-3:30) with an open discussion.

Thursday will also feature a set of “Get A Room” sessions. Do you have an idea for a session for iPres 2016? Do you want to brainstorm with colleagues about a possible collaborative project? Do you want to continue a discussion of a topic raised in a session during the week? Sign up to get a room – sign-up sheets will be available from Tuesday morning until the end of lunch on Wednesday.  Be sure to vote for a session if you’re interested in participating.  Room assignments will be announced at the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Awards Reception on Wednesday evening.