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DigCCurr 2009: Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects

April 1‐3, 2009, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Draft conference program now available at

Early Registration Ends 1/14/09!  See details below.

The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina is pleased to announce our second digital curation curriculum symposium. DigCCurr 2009: Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects is part of the Preserving Access to Our Digital Future: Building an International Digital Curation Curriculum (DigCCurr) project. DigCCurr is a three‐year (2006‐2009), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)‐funded collaboration between SILS and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The primary goals of the DigCCurr project are to develop a graduate‐level curricular framework, course modules, and experiential components to prepare students for digital curation in various environments. DigCCurr initiatives in support of this goal are informed by representatives from the project’s collaborating institutions as well as an Advisory Board of experts from Australia, Canada, Italy, the Netherland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The first symposium, DigCCurr2007: An International Symposium in Digital Curation, was held April 18‐ 20, 2007, attracting nearly 300 attendees from ten countries. Participants explored the definition of digital curation and what skills are necessary for digital curation professionals working in libraries, archives, museums, data centers, and other data‐intensive organizations. With speakers from more than a dozen countries, DigCCurr2009 will continue this theme, focusing on current practice and research surrounding digital curation with a look toward the future, and trends in preparing digital curation professionals.

Sessions Focus on:

• Digital curation synergies and collaboration: What are the challenges and opportunities for regional, national, and global cooperation and collaboration in digital curation practices and research? How do we approach these effectively? Where do practices and research converge and diverge across different organizational mandates and requirements? Strategies for building and leveraging relations and cooperation among a global audience of digital curation researchers and educators for improved delivery of digital curation research and practice opportunities for emerging professionals.

• Teaching and training at the international level: What are the barriers and advantages in providing quality and comparable education? How does the profession traverse credentials and certification? Graduate education and continuing education for practitioners; Examination of current teaching tools; Recruiting students; Perceptions on the changing professional competencies and personal attributes for employment in digital curation environments.

• Digital curation in relation to archives and museums: How is the environment shaping traditional responsibilities? How are synergies developing across libraries, archives, and museums? What are core competencies in digital curation? Can we develop common ground among participating disciplines and entities? What are implications for various professions, and what issues do the professions need to addressing separately?

• What is going on in real life with the curation of digital resources? We encourage people to undertake small‐scale studies in order to share data and case studies about current practices, procedures and approaches within specific organizational contexts. What is happening in different sectors such as industry, federal government, state government, nonprofit cultural institutions?

• What do we need? Examination of scope, extent, relevance, and quality of current literature.

What is useful? What is missing?

• Infrastructures in support of digital curation. How well is current technology meeting the needs of digital curation, and what should future technology research and development involve to better meet these needs? How do organizations incorporate digital curation principles and procedures into their administrative and managerial operations? How do we support sustainable infrastructure?

Conference Fees:

Early $300 online registration by 1/14/09

            +$20 for Thursday dinner

Regular $350 online registration 1/15/09 - 3/14/09

            +$20 for Thursday dinner

Late $400 online registration after 3/15/09

            +$20 for Thursday dinner

Student Early $150 online registration by 1/14/09

            +$20 for Thursday dinner

            limited number of student discounts

Student Regular $200 online registration 1/15/09 – 3/14/09

            +$20 for Thursday dinner

Student Late $250 postmarked after 3/15/09

            +$20 for Thursday dinner


·       Refund minus $100 processing fee if cancellation request received by March 1, 2009

·       No refund after March 1, 2009

·       Cancellations or substitutions must be made to Rachael Clemens [log in to unmask]                
Institute of Museum and Library Services               
Coalition for Networked Information            
National Archives and Records Administration           
School of Information and Library Science              
University of North Carolina

UNC University Libraries               

Planning Committee             
Rachael Clemens
Dr. Wendy Duff
Dr. Maria Guercio
Carolyn Hank
Dr. Cal Lee
Dr. Seamus Ross
Dr. Ken Thibodeau
Dr. Helen Tibbo, Chair
Dr. Elizabeth Yakel            

Dr. Helen R. Tibbo

School of Information and Library Science

201 Manning Hall CB#3360

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360

Tel: 919-962-8063

Fax: 919-962-8071

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