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DRI and Sussex Humanities Lab collaborate on DPASSH 2017

The Sussex Humanities Lab and the Digital Repository of Ireland are pleased to announce that the second Digital Preservation for the Arts, Social Science, and Humanities conference will take place 14-15 June 2017 at the University of Sussex, Brighton.

The CFP has now been released, the submission deadline is midnight Sunday 11 December 2016 (GMT)


Twitter: @DPASSHConf 



DPASSH 2017 Conference Theme: ‘Preserving Abundance: The Challenge of Saving Everything’

The collaboration between Sussex Humanities Lab (SHL) and Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) focuses on two major challenges for long-term digital preservation: maintaining access to the form and functionality of digital objects, and managing, filtering, interpreting, and critically engaging with these petabytes of information, now and in the future. While developments in long-term digital preservation enable ongoing access, the question of how these developments impact the way we interact with, use, reuse, investigate, and interpret our heritage, remains. What, for example, are the cultural and scholarly repercussions of saving “everything”? DPASSH 2017 will, for instance, explore the implications of asking disciplines that evolved in a world of scarcity, to engage with an expanding abundance of historical records.

As such, DPASSH 2017 will focus on both the technical, cultural, and societal challenges of digital preservation and the impact on research when (and if) everything is saved. It asks: now that the human record is digital, what methods, approaches, tools, or skills will researchers, and society, require to understand these colossal datasets?

Submissions are particularly sought from researchers, practitioners, and scholars in the fields of digital history, digital humanities, digital materiality, digital performance, digital arts and music, cultural heritage and research institutions, as well as libraries, archives and industry. We also invite submissions for papers that critically reflect on any area relating to digital preservation in the humanities and social sciences, arts, and cultural heritage domains.

Conference themes include but are not limited to: Preserving digital humanities research; Capturing and archiving artistic performance; Methods and tools for computational humanities and/or digital history; Preservation metadata as research objects; Linking research data and ‘publication’; Stakeholder engagement and community approaches to preservation; Advocacy and national approaches to sustainability and open access; Aesthetics of preservation and content curation; Preservation and Trust; Technical challenges posed by datasets in arts/humanities/social sciences;Preservation and discovery infrastructures, software and tools.

The first international conference took place in June 2015, hosted by the Digital Repository of Ireland, in Dublin. The website for that conference is here: The conference papers produced a special double issue of New Review of Networking.  Open Access Preprints of articles are available on DRI here.


DPASSH 2017 Organising Committee

Sharon Webb – Sussex Humanities Lab, University of Sussex (Chair)

Dermot Frost – Digital Repository of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin

Natalie Harrower – Digital Repository of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy (Outgoing Chair)

Jane Harvell – Library, University of Sussex

Clare Lanigan – The Digital Arts and Humanities PhD Program, Royal Irish Academy

Paddi Leinster – Digital Repository of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy