APA Conference on Digital Preservation, New Delhi, India

  • Deadline:
    Oct. 31, 2013, 11:59 a.m.
  • Location:
    New Delhi, IN

APA Conference on Digital Preservation, New Delhi, India

Draft Call for Papers

As noted in the IDC country brief, the digital universe in India is expected to grow 23 fold between 2012-2020. The digital bits captured or created each year in the country is expected to grow from 127 exabytes to 2.9 zettabytes between 2012 and 2020. Asia’s giants India and China together would account for the 29% of the total digital universe in 2020 which is estimated to be 40 zettabytes. The IDC digital universe report also includes similar country briefs and growth projections about China, US and Western Europe. The growth projections pertaining to the production and capture of digital information or big data is propelled by internet, social networks, e-government and enterprise applications, migration from analogue to digital, cloud based applications, machine to machine and mobile communication, etc. The explosion of digital information has caught most of us unprepared to handle the threats posed by rapidly changing technologies and digital obsolescence of computer hardware, software, file formats and storage media. The possibilities of data corruption, physical damage and disasters continue to endanger digitally encoded information. The legal, financial, and administrative consequences of loss of digital information pose major concerns. In this context, the need and relevance of digital preservation is already recognized by UNESCO which has decided to play active advocacy role to make digital preservation frameworks and practices as per the Vancouver Declaration, The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation, 2012. It is challenging to ensure the accessibility, readability, usability, reliability and authenticity of such digital information over a long period. The ephemeral and intangible nature of digital information demands continuous and active management for its long term preservation. It requires the development of digital preservation best practices, methods, tools, systems, and infrastructural setup including trusted and sustainable digital repositories. To frame a response to the challenge, the purpose of this international conference is to facilitate deliberations and sharing of domain specific case studies between digital preservation experts, archivists, technology developers, researchers, legal and law enforcement professionals, policy makers, and stakeholders.

Therefore, the organizers of this conference will like to invite research papers, case study papers and position papers based on the following thematic areas –

• Case studies of digital preservation in various domains such as e-government, scientific and research data, geospatial information, electronic health records, audio and video, media archives, government and cultural archives, corporate data archives, etc.
• Case studies of domain specific adaptation of OAIS model
• Case studies of digital disasters and recovery
• Case studies of digital forensic to establish authenticity of information
• Case studies of trusted repositories in cloud
• Digital preservation for legal compliances
• The challenges and techniques for maintaining trust in electronic records over long period
• Integrating e-record management with e-government
• Infrastructure development for trusted digital repositories
• Approaches for long term sustainability of digital repositories
• Data mining and repurposing of digital information stored in digital repositories
• Long term storage solutions with techniques for optimization and efficacy
• Preparing for audit and certification of digital repositories
• Design of domain specific digital preservation policy framework
• Curriculum design for digital preservation

We invite three types of papers
Case studies & work in progress (6 to 8 pages)
Full research papers (max 10 pages)
Position papers (4 to 6 pages)

For submissions to the working conference, the authors must use the LNCS templates and style files available from:

Download paper template with format specifications
All papers should be in the specified conference publication format and sent as both pdf and MS Word files to dinesh@cdac.in and director@alliancepermanentaccess.org by 31st October 2013.

Publication of proceedings
Selected papers from this conference will be published in the form of CD / book.

Important dates
Last date of paper submission: 31st October 2013
Acceptance notification: 10th December 2013

General chairs
Dr. Dinesh Katre, Associate Director & HOD, C-DAC, Pune, India
Dr. David Giaretta, Director, Alliance for Permanent Access (APA), EU

Advisory Committee
Dr. Luciana Duranti, Director, InterPARES, University of British Columbia, Canada
Prof. John Wood, Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities, UK
Dr. Reagan W. Moore, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
(Confirmations from other invited members are expected.)

Programme Committee
(Confirmations from invited members are expected.)