This Call for Proposals is available on the workshop web page at:

Submit proposals via EasyChair by August 15 (early) or August 24 (final):


Recent developments in digitization and dissemination technologies present the possibility of making archival collections broadly available to a global audience. In addition, new collections of born-digital documents will be readily available to support a multitude of objectives of their diverse, worldwide stakeholders. Demographics such as family members, journalists, social services providers, and policy makers can all benefit from access to these historical collections.

While these advances are broadly welcomed in most circumstances, some archival collections include restricted or privacy-sensitive collections. Examples of such privacy-sensitive records include mental health institutional records, prison records, records of the Truth and reconciliation commissions, Nazi archives, and the Guatemalan national police archives. While access to paper documents is protected by distance, physical barriers, and varying state and national policies and laws, digital access may exacerbate threats to the privacy of individuals named in these records. The online availability of such records has a potential to stigmatize or embarrass the families or descendants of those named in the records when they bear no responsibility for the acts or health conditions of the named individuals, raising ethical issues in providing broad, open access to these records. In some cases, the legal frameworks for digital records are substantially less clear than those for physical records.


We invite broad participation from scholars and practitioners who work with or are interested in issues surrounding the preservation of and providing access to digital, privacy-sensitive collections. A non-exhaustive list of topics of interest include:

Proposals: formats and submission

All contributions must be written in English.

We encourage you to submit proposals for:

Please submit papers via the workshop's EasyChair submission page:

Important dates (revised):


Please contact us in case of questions.

Unmil Karadkar ([log in to unmask])
Pat Galloway ([log in to unmask])
King Davis([log in to unmask])

School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin


The organizers are funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (grant number: 11500653) under the scholarly communications program.

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