Call for Contributions Now Open

We are pleased to announce that the Call for Contributions for iPRES2019 is now open! We invite original contributions that describe practice- and theory-informed approaches to scientific models, daily practice, collaborative efforts, creative solutions, and the progress your organization has made in digital preservation.

About Your Submission
We welcome full papers and short papers as well as proposals for workshops, tutorials, posters, panel discussions and for a hackathon. Your submissions should relate to the overall conference theme, Eye on the Horizon, describing the cutting edge of our domain and crossing into other domains.

We encourage submissions which describe collaborations across and beyond cultural heritage domains, and we welcome proposals that describe research and practice in agencies of all sizes and in all sectors. You can find details about the submission process and the topics of interest on the Call for Contribution page. Please remember this Call will close on 18 March, 2019.

Don’t want to miss out on any information?
We will keep you informed on all the important dates via this website. Please pre-register for the iPRES Newsletter if you want us to send you regular updates on what’s happening on the iPRES2019 front. You can also follow us via @iPRES2019 on both Twitter and Instagram. Questions? Let us know via or contact one of the Programme Committee Chairs directly.

We look forward to hosting you in The Netherlands, with an inspirational tailor made iPRES2019 programme and historical Amsterdam on the horizon.

Marcel Ras, General Chair of iPRES2019, and the Programme Committee Chairs: Andrea Goethals, Annet Dekker, Natalie Harrower, William Kilbride, Jessica Meyerson, Angela Puggioni, Klaus Rechert, Barbara Sierman, Barbara Signori, Katherine Thornton, Pamela Vízner, Jesse de Vos, Tim Walsh and Zhenxin Wu

Announcing the iPRES2019 Themes & Topics

We are excited to announce the Themes & Topics for iPRES2019. Thanks to the digipres community, the iPRES2019 Programme Committee received lots of ideas and suggestions for the 2019 Amsterdam programming.

Central Theme
The main theme in 2019 is Eye on the Horizon and aims to broaden the voices and approaches participating in the conference. In this spirit, the iPRES 2019 Programme Committee invited the digital preservation community to share their ideas in a Participatory #iPRES2019 Programme Design.

Community Feedback
We read about the need for iPRES sessions on machine learning, data visualization and blockchain and thus made a Theme about Exploring New Horizons to see which new technologies are on the horizon. We also saw that ‘sustainability as a core focus’ was on your minds a lot. So we incorporated that into the ‘Designing and Delivering Sustainable Digital Preservation’ theme. You also want to hear more about the challenges and opportunities for cross-border collaboration: what has worked, what hasn’t, what are the common barriers. We made sure this comes back in the Theme ‘Collaboration a necessity, an opportunity or a luxury?’ Since the survey in October, the Programme Committee has gathered and transformed most of the ideas into these official iPRES2019 Themes:

  • Collaboration: a Necessity, an Opportunity or a Luxury?
  • Designing and Delivering Sustainable Digital Preservation
  • Exploring New Horizons
  • Building Capacity, Capability and Community
  • The Cutting Edge: Technical Infrastructure and Implementation

Have a look at the complete list of Themes & Topics

Call for Contributions opens 3 December
May we remind you that the full Call for Contributions for iPRES2019 will open on 3 December 2018? We’ll keep you posted via Twitter, several digipres maillists and of course via this website.

Don’t want to miss out on any information?
Please pre-register for the iPRES Newsletter and get updates on all the important dates. You can also follow us via @iPRES2019 on both Twitter and Instagram. Any questions can be directed to

Looking forward to hearing from you!
the iPRES2019 team

Tulips of Amsterdam – Enter the Contest!

If you attended iPRES2018 in Boston, you are now the proud owner of a dozen or so Dutch flower bulbs. We invite and challenge you to raise your bulbs into wonderful tulips and show us all via Instagram. At iPRES2019 in Amsterdam there will be an award for the best tulip photo!

Flowers in springtime
With some TLC your flower bulbs should grow into beautiful red tulips. Plant them in autumn and you will have flowers in March and April of 2019.

How to enter the contest
Post your flower picture to Instagram: @iPRES2019. Please keep the card that is attached to your bag of flower bulbs, as we ask you to write your name on the card and include the card in your photo. We are looking forward to springtime and all of your beautiful tulip pictures!

Make sure you include the signed card in your photo

Launching a Brand New Website

It’s busy in Boston, as they prepare for some 300 colleagues from all over the globe to visit iPRES 2018. Meanwhile, things are getting started in Amsterdam too …. Like this web site that we will launch end of September. We are excited to show you our brand new iPRES 2019 logo and will let you in on all the details of the programme in Amsterdam step by step. Already on full display are our Sponsorship Opportunities with lots of interesting sponsorship opportunities for companies that would like to meet the world’s leading digital preservation specialists. Go on, have a look!

For now we wish our fellow organisers a smooth sailing throughout iPRES 2018 and are very much looking forward to seeing you all in Boston.