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On May 5, 2016, the 2015-2016 Washington, D.C. cohort of National Digital Stewardship Residents will present a symposium entitled “Digital Frenemies: Closing the Gap in Born-Digital and Made-Digital Curation” at the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The symposium shall assemble speakers from cultural heritage and academic institutions to address the relationship between digitized and born-digital material. The significant divide in the work of digital preservation between these two designations of digital objects will be explored through guest speaker presentations on topics such as preserving complex software and game technologies through emulation, creating cultural digital collections through mobile public library labs, collecting and curating data and more.

The National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR),, is an initiative of the Library of Congress and Institute of Museum and Library Services.  It “provide(s) a robust, hands-on learning experience to complement graduate-level training and education.  The 2015-2016 cohort began their residencies throughout host institutions in Washington, D.C. area libraries, federal agencies, and professional organizations in June 2015. These five residents are embedded in institutions around the area, each completing a project related to an aspect of digital preservation and stewardship.  The NDSR program aims to “serve the American people by developing the next generation of stewards to collect, manage, preserve, and make accessible our digital assets.”

NLM serves as a host institution for the National Digital Stewardship Residency, and since June has worked with Resident Nicole Contaxis to create a pilot workflow for the curation, preservation, and presentation of a historically valuable software products developed by the National Library of Medicine which are deemed to be historically noteworthy due to usage by a user community and distinctive technical properties featured in The Signal, available from

All sessions will be held in the National Library of Medicine’s Lister Hill Auditorium, on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The symposium is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is encouraged as seats are limited. See the attached agenda for details about the event, or visit the event website listed above.

For other information about the symposium, please contact the DC cohort at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

Sign language interpretation may be arranged in advance. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate may access learn more about sign language interpreting services and to request services using NLM’s online portal.

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