POWRR at iPres and NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2018 Conferences

The Digital POWRR team is honored to be representing the project at 2 upcoming digital preservation-focused conferences, iPres 2018, the 15th International Conference on Digital Preservation, and NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2018, which is held in conjunction with the Digital Library Federation’s Annual Forum.

Stacey Erdman and Jaime Schumacher will be working with Paul Wheatley and Sharon McMeekin from the Digital Preservation Coalition to put on the first ever COPTR Edit-a-Thon at iPres 2018 in Boston. COPTR – the Community Owned digital Preservation Tools Registry – was developed in 2013 as a way to provide efficient “one stop shopping” for practitioners performing research on current digital preservation tools and services. COPTR is a “community registry that is owned by the community, for the community.”  It is supported by Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation (ANADP), The Open Preservation Foundation (OPF), The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), The Digital Curation Centre (DCC), The Digital Curation Exchange (DCE) and the Digital POWRR Project. At the time of its creation, there were a number of competing tool registries in existence, each containing overlapping information, and differing approaches to analysis. Rather than starting completely fresh, COPTR capitalized on these existing tool registries, building in methods for importing this existing rich data, including the data from our own Digital POWRR Tool GridThe Edit-A-Thon hopes to bring together community members to work on enriching COPTR entries, and to discuss the future of the platform. 

The COPTR Edit-A-Thon  will be held from 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST in Pechet Room 1 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center.  Additionally, we welcome virtual participation in the workshop! If you are unable to attend iPres, but would still like to participate in the Edit-A-Thon, please indicate your interest by completing this short form. We will be in contact with teleconferencing information very soon! (Note: no prior experience with COPTR is necessary – just bring your own personal experience working with assorted digital preservation tools and services!) Jaime and Stacey will also be presenting a poster at iPres on the POWRR Institutes grant. Check out the detailed iPres 2018 schedule for more information on sessions and speakers.

Both current and former POWRR Instructors and attendees are coming together for an innovative panel discussion “Planning to Preserve: Digital Preservation Assessment Based Training” at NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2018 conference.  The panel will detail the Digital POWRR Institute concept, as well as the Digital Preservation Assessment framework created by Lyrasis and the NEDCC. Danielle Spalenka, (formerly of POWRR!) will represent the NEDCC, and Stacey Erdman will represent POWRR – and also speak about being a trainee in NEDCC’s program as well. 3 former POWRR Institute attendees (Hannah Wang, Kristina Schulz, and Alexis Braun-Marks) will talk about their POWRR Plans, and how the overall experience attending a POWRR Institute has impacted their workplace.  Jaime Schumacher will moderate the panel. To see the rest of the conference schedule, please visit this page.

If you’re attending both/either of these conferences, we hope to see you at these events!

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