Please join us at Dodging the Memory Hole 2017: Saving Online News on Nov. 15-16 at the Internet Archive headquarters in San Francisco. Speakers, panelists and attendees will explore solutions to the most urgent threat to cultural memory today — the loss of online news content. The forum will focus on progress made in and successful models of long-term preservation of born-digital news content. Journalistic content published on websites and through social media channels is ephemeral  and easily lost in a tsunami of digital content. Join professional journalists, librarians, archivists, technologists and entrepreneurs in addressing the urgent need to save the first rough draft of history in digital form.

The two-day forum — funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant awarded to the Journalism Digital News Archive, UCLA Library and the Educopia Institute — will feature thought leaders, stakeholders and digital preservation practitioners who are passionate about preserving born-digital news. Sessions will include speakers, multi-member panels, lightning round speakers and poster presenters examining existing initiatives and novel practices for protecting and preserving online journalism.

About the Dodging the Memory Hole series

This is the fifth event in the DTMH conference series focusing on preserving born-digital news content. Its name, Dodging the Memory Hole, comes from George Orwell’s “1984,” in which photographs and documents conflicting with “Big Brother’s” changing narrative were tossed into a “memory hole” and destroyed. Today’s memory hole is largely the unintentional result of technological systems not designed to keep information for the long term. The previous four events were held at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri in 2014, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2015, the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C. in 2015 and UCLA Library in Los Angeles, California in 2016.

For more information about the Journalism Digital News Archive and how you can help save the “first rough draft of history,” like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, follow us on LinkedIn or sign up for our Dodging the Memory Hole newsletter

The Institute of Museum and Library Services

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, award RE-33-16-0107-16.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

Stephen Abrams

Stephen AbramsStephen Abrams is associate director of the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library (CDL), with responsibility for strategic planning, innovation, and technical oversight.  He coordinates major UC3 initiatives in digital preservation, web archiving, and research data management.  His recent work has focused on sustainable cost models, new paradigms for post-custodial curation, and theoretical foundations for digital preservation.

Katherine Boss

Katherine BossKatherine Boss is the Librarian for Journalism, Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. Her research is focused in two areas: the challenges of archiving born-digital news content and active learning pedagogies in library instruction. She is the co-chair of the Association of College & Research Libraries’ Communication Studies Committee, as well as the co-lead for the Archiving and Preserving News Applications working group of the Journalism Digital News Archive. She holds a bachelor’s in Journalism from Grand Valley State University, a master’s in Library and Information Science from Long Island University, and a master’s in Media Studies from The New School.

Peter Broadwell

Peter BroadwellPeter Broadwell is the Academic Projects Developer at the UCLA Digital Library, where he coordinates experimental archiving projects with faculty researchers and his colleagues in the library. He has been an active participant in the Dodging the Memory Hole: Preserving Born-Digital News initiative and is presently involved in projects to link and compare archives of web news, social media, and digitized television news. He is also one of the primary maintainers of the UCLA NewsScape, an international effort to collect, preserve and analyze digitized television news.

Meredith Broussard

Meredith BroussardMeredith Broussard is an assistant professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University, an affiliate faculty member at the Moore Sloan Data Science Environment at NYU, and a Tow Fellow at Columbia Journalism School. Her current research focuses on artificial intelligence in investigative reporting, with a particular interest in using data analysis for social good. A former features editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, she has also worked a software developer at AT&T Bell Labs and the MIT Media Lab. Her features and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, Slate, The Washington Post, and other outlets. She holds a BA from Harvard University and an MFA from Columbia University.

Karen Cariani

Karen CarianiKaren Cariani is the Senior Director of the WGBH Media Library and Archives.  The Media Library and Archives (MLA) provides access to the WGBH collection by providing research services, rights clearances, and licensing services in addition to circulation, accessioning, and preservation activities.  Karen has 20 plus years of television production and project management experience. Currently she is also the WGBH project director for the American Archive for Public Broadcasting in partnership with the Library of Congress. She is active in the archive community and professional organizations and passionate about the use of archives and library digital collections for learning and education.

Fernando Chirigati

Fernando ChirigatiFernando Chirigati is a Research Assistant and Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. His research interests are mainly in the area of scientific data management, including provenance management and analytics, large-scale data analysis, computational reproducibility, and data visualization. He has received several awards, including a honorable mention for SIGMOD 2017 Best Demonstration, the SIGMOD 2017 Most Reproducible Paper, the Pearl Brownstein Doctoral Research Award, and the Deborah Rosenthal MD Award. He is also the Reproducibility Editor of Elsevier's Information Systems Journal, and one of the architects of ReproZip, a tool that facilitates reproducibility of existing computational experiments. He has a BE in Computer and Information Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Stina Degerstedt

Stina DegerstedtStina is a librarian and the Metadata Program manager at the Swedish National Library. As such she is responsible for coordinating and leading major metadata issues across the organization. Stina played an important role in the process of implementing the new Swedish e-legal deposit law and the development of a new system for long-term digital preservation.

Andrew Gearhartt

Andrew GearhartAndrew is a web systems developer for the Pennsylvania State University Libraries. Passionate about the advancement of knowledge, Andrew has been designing, building, and implementing management information systems since 1998. In 2014, Andrew joined the University Libraries, as the Publishing Services Web Developer, where he focuses on implementing systems that support open access publication of digital scholarship and scholarly communications. In 2016, he co-authored a work entitled “Infrastructure for Open Access: Mechanics, Economics, Politics,” exploring the difficulties and successes of a library-based open access publishing program. Outside of the technology realm, Andrew is well known as a dedicated husband and father to three awesome boys.

Kenneth Haggerty

Kenneth Haggerty

Kenneth Haggerty joined the University of Memphis Libraries in November 2016. His responsibilities include providing leadership and direction for the design, development, and implementation of the various online interfaces that provide access to the resources and services of the University Libraries. As a member of the University Libraries' faculty, he participates in the Collection Development Program, the User Instruction Program, staffing of the Research and Information Services (RIS) desk, and also serves as Liaison Librarian to three academic departments. Haggerty received his PhD from the iSchool of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri, Columbia in July 2016. He also has an M.L.I.S. from the University of Alabama. 


Kathleen A. Hansen

Kathleen HansonKathleen A. Hansen is Professor in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She and Nora Paul are co-authors of Future-Proofing the News: Preserving the First Draft of History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). In 1998, Hansen, with co-author Shannon Martin, wrote one of the first books on the implications of digital archiving and news publication.  Since the publication of Praeger’s Newspapers of Record in the Digital Age, Hansen has studied the role of the news archivist, and the implications of the drastic diminishing of their ranks.  Hansen’s 37-year academic career has focused on information technologies and their implications for mass communications work and professionals.

Justin Heideman

Justin HeidemanJustin Heideman is a hacker and software engineer on the STRIKE Team at the New York Times, where he works on tidying up old software. His work at the Walker Art Center won a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. He holds a degree in Interactive Media from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and lives in Minnesota with his wife and husky/lab named Django

Daniel Jansson

Daniel JanssonDaniel is a technical business analyst at the National library of Sweden. He has had a leading technical role in the process of implementing the new Swedish e-legal deposit law and the development of a new system for long-term digital preservation. He is also involved in the National library of Sweden’s web harvesting efforts.

Shawn Jones

Shawn JonesShawn Jones is an Old Dominion University (ODU) PhD student working as a Graduate Research Assistant for the ODU Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group, led by Dr. Michael L. Nelson.  From 1997 to 2015, he worked as a software engineer for the United States Department of Defense, acquiring proficiency in a variety of technologies and programming languages, including C, PERL, PHP, Java, and Python.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (1999) and Master of Science in Computer Science (2015), both from ODU.    From 2015 to 2017, he served as a Research Assistant with the Library Prototyping Team at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he quantified reference rot in scholarly communications, detailing that both missing web references and changed web content exist as serious problems for scholars. He is a principal contributor to the Memento MediaWiki Extension and the Python Memento Client library.  He has studied the use of Memento on wikis as well as the characterization and evaluation of different heuristics for particular Memento use cases. His research interests include web science, digital preservation, and the different aspects of time relating to web resources.

Rachel King

Rachel KingRachel King is the Media Librarian at LIU Brooklyn. She previously worked as a reference and instruction librarian at LIM in Manhattan and Manhattan College in the Bronx. Her scholarly writing focuses on media access and preservation, as well as on the intersection of journalism and librarianship. She has also published articles in popular online publications such as Salon, Tablet, and Atlas Obscura.

Martin Klein

Martin KleinMartin Klein is a Scientist in the Research Library at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. His research and development efforts focus on temporal aspects of the web, discovery and access of (archived) web resources, and the interoperability of web-based scholarly communication systems. Most of his work is related to Memento - a standardized framework to access old versions of web resources, ResourceSync - the sitemap-based "OAI-PMH successor", and Signposting - an approach to show machines their way around repositories. He has co­authored numerous articles in the web science and digital libraries domain and his research has been supported by the Library of Congress, NASA, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Martin holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Old Dominion University (2011) and a Diploma from the University of Applied Sciences Berlin.

Jeffrey A. Knapp

Jeffrey KnappJeff is the Larry & Ellen Foster Librarian for Communications, serving Penn State’s Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, the largest accredited mass communications program in the United States. In addition to library and information science, his academic background includes international politics and history, with professional experience in marketing communications. He has been a librarian for about 12 years, and he considers it his job to be interested in everything. His research interests involve the role of academic librarianship and potential futures for the profession in an ever-changing information environment.

Ilya Kreymer

Ilya KreymerIlya Kreymer is software developer and creator of the Webrecorder project. His work focus on the development of numerous open source web archiving tools, especially around improving web archiving capture and replay fidelity. Webrecorder is a culmination of these efforts, designed to bring "web archiving for all" and allow any web user to create a high-fidelity web archive of their own. Ilya has also created the system for combining web archives with emulated browsers. For the last two years, Ilya has been leading the technical development of Webrecorder, Webrecorder Player, and Oldweb.Today as part of the digital preservation program at Rhizome, a non-profit committed to promoting digital art at the intersection of art and technology.

Edward McCain

Ed McCainAs founder of the “Dodging the Memory Hole” forum, Edward McCain's prime directive is saving the "first rough draft" of history created on a computer or digital sensor. He also leads Journalism Digital News Archive (JDNA) initiative; a strategic change agenda addressing issues surrounding access and preservation of digital news collections. He works with faculty and staff at the Missouri School of Journalism, building a framework of linked programs and functions designed to support and enhance digital news archives. McCain holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a Masters degree in Information Science and graduate certificate in Digital Information Management from the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Art Pasquinelli

Art pasArt Pasquinelli is LOCKSS Partnership Manager for the Stanford University Libraries. Art is responsible for outreach and marketing of the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe) preservation and data security technology to library, archive, research, museum, web archiving, and government communities. He helps establish new LOCKSS community networks and also works with existing LOCKSS networks to collaborate and share new technology developments.

From 2010 to 2017, Art was responsible for global market positioning for Oracle’s IAAS Archive Cloud, long-term storage solutions, and tiered storage architectures in Oracle’s Converged Infrastructure Group. Prior to Oracle, Art held various positions at Sun Microsystems from 1992-2010 including Director of Market Development for the Global Education and Research Group where he managed Sun’s growth in the Library, eLearning, Administrative Computing, and Research markets. While at Sun, Art established the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) where he still holds a leadership role.

Art has a BA in History from UC Davis and an MA in International Affairs and Science and Technology from George Washington University.

Nora Paul

nora pualNora Paul was a teaching specialist and the Director of the Minnesota Journalism Center, the professional development and outreach arm of the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In 1981, as director of the news research center in the Miami Herald newsroom, Paul instituted one of the earliest news archive conversions from clip files to a digital database. She ran programs about news library management and “computer-assisted” research at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies until her move to the University of Minnesota in 2000 to start the Institute for New Media Studies. She retired in 2017.  

Maria Praetzellis

Maria PraetzellisMaria works with the library community building and managing programs that support web archiving and digital preservation. This includes Archive-It as well as web archiving and preservation services for national libraries, collaborative and grant-funded initiatives, research and access services and technology development. In her past positions, she was the Digitization Project Manager at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and was Senior Archivist at Rolling Stone magazine. Maria has an MA in History with a graduate certificate in Archives from NYU and is a Certified Archivist with the Academy of Certified Archivists. Her favorite pastime involves swinging in her hammock, reading cheesy fantasy novels.

Remi Rampin

Remi RampinRémi Rampin is a Research Engineer at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, where he has been maintaining VisTrails, a scientific workflow and provenance management system, and developing ReproZip, a software for creating reproducible packages of experiments and environments. Rémi earned a Master of Science in Engineering and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from Supélec in Paris.

Regina Roberts

Regina RobertsRegina Lee Roberts is a collection development librarian at Stanford University Libraries in the humanities and social sciences. Roberts is currently working with colleagues to develop methods and sustainable ways of archiving and preserving data collected by researchers and journalists in order to support evidence based research and reporting. Roberts also designs learner-centered library workshops infused with course specific content and research design strategies. Her subject area responsibilities include: Anthropology & Archaeology; Communication & Journalism; Feminist Studies and Lusophone Africa.

Vicky Steeves

Vicky SteevesVicky Steeves is the Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility, a dual appointment between New York University Division of Libraries and Center for Data Science. In this role, she works supporting researchers in creating well-managed, high quality, and reproducible research through facilitating use of tools such as ReproZip. Her research centers on integrating reproducible practices into the research workflow, advocating openness in all facets of research (code, data, analysis tools, etc.), and building/contributing to open infrastructure. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science as well as Information Technology, and a Master of Library Science, both from Simmons College.

Matthew Weber

Matt WeberMatthew Weber is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Information, Director of Rutgers’ NetSCI Network Science Research Lab and a Found Member of the Center for Data Science and Social Systems (CDS3). Matthew is an expert on organizational change and the use of large-scale Web data. His recent work includes a large-scale longitudinal study examining strategies employed by media organizations for disseminating news and information through online hyperlink networks. Subsequent research includes an examination of the effectiveness of adopting social media within organizations in order to share knowledge and to collaborate with teammates. Matthew is also leading an initiative to provide researchers with access to the Internet Archives ( in order to study digital traces of news networks.

Matthew’s research examines ecosystems of news media organizations, with a specific focus on the evolution of the news media industry in response to the introduction of new information communication technology. In context, this work extends to consider implications for organizational adaptation to technology, as well as for understanding policymaking in relation to news media. More broadly, Matthew focuses on processes of organizational change and adaptation, both internal and external to the organization. His work is funded by the National Science Foundation, William T. Grant Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and others. Matthew’s work has been widely published in leading academic journals, as well as in the popular press. Matthew received his PhD in 2010 from the Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California.

Eric Weig

Eric Weig Eric Weig is a digital library architect at the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center. Weig holds a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Iowa and has worked as an academic librarian for more than 20 years. His major research area is digital libraries with an emphasis on online access for newspapers, archival collections and oral history. In 1998 Weig worked with the beta version of the Encoded Archive Description (EAD) standard to manage a large-scale finding aid conversion project involving 14 Kentucky archives and more than 25,000 pages of paper-based collection descriptions. In 2005 Weig was part of the initial team of designers and developers who conceived and created a prototype of what became the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) (

Weig has been an integral part of eight successful national grant efforts at the University of Kentucky, five from the National Endowment for the Humanities, including the test bed phase of the National Digital Newspaper Program. In this role at the NDNP, he handled the technical aspects of implementing production of the NDNP data set using an in-house vs. outsourcing approach. Currently, Weig works as the main designer and developer for the Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (, the Kentucky Digital Newspaper Program (KDNP) digital library (, the Daily Racing Form Online Archive ( and the SPOKEdb Oral History Digital Library (

Frederick Zarndt

Frederick ZardntFrederick Zarndt has worked with historic and contemporary newspaper, journal, magazine, book, and records digitisation since computer speeds, software, technology, storage, and costs first made it practical.  Frederick has experience in every aspect of digitisation projects including project requirements development, project management, conversion operations (both in-house and outsourced), acceptance testing, software development for production and delivery of digital data, and digital preservation.

Frederick is currently a member of the IFLA Governing Board as Chair of its Division II and former secretary and chair of the IFLA News Media Section.  He’s the administrative chair of the ALTO XML Editorial Board. Frederick has 25+ years experience in software development and is a member of ACM and IEEE and a Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP).  He is a member of ALA and IFLA.  Frederick has Master's Degrees in Computer Science and Physics.

Unless otherwise indicated, all sessions held in the Great Room at the Internet Archive, 300 Funston Ave., San Francisco, California

Wednesday, Nov. 15

8 a.m.

Check in and breakfast

Internet Archive foyer

9 a.m.


Edward McCain, digital curator of journalism, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) and University of Missouri Libraries and Mark Graham, director of the Wayback Machine, Internet Archive

Great Room

9:15 a.m.

Keynote speaker: Universal Access to All Knowledge

Brewster Kahle, founder & digital librarian, Internet Archive

Great Room

10 a.m.

Presentation: Utilizing the Internet Archive as an object store for historic newspapers

Eric Weig, digital library architect, University of Kentucky

Great Room

10:30 a.m.

Break: Coffee, tea and snacks provided

Internet Archive foyer

10:45 a.m.

Presentation: Robust linking to web resources

Martin Klein, Ph.D., Los Alamos National Laboratory and Mark Graham, director of the Wayback Machine, Internet Archive

Great Room

11:15 a.m.

Presentation: Permanent Access to Journalism

Arthur Pasquinelli, partnership manager, LOCKSS, Stanford University

Great Room

11:45 a.m.

Presentation: Archiving computational journalism data

Regina Roberts, Stanford University

Great Room

12:15 p.m.


Box lunches will be provided if requested at time of registration

Internet Archive foyer and stairs

1:15 p.m.

Presentation: Archiving all online news: paths traveled, lessons learned, the plan ahead

Mark Graham, director of the Wayback Machine, Internet Archive

Great Room

1:45 p.m.

Presentation: Using Open ONI as a platform for curated born-digital web content

Jeffrey A. Knapp, Larry and Ellen Foster Communications Librarian, Pennsylvania State University and Andrew Gearhart, programmer analyst, Pennsylvania State University

Great Room

2:15 p.m.

Presentation: Raising news archiving awareness in future journalists

Kathleen A. Hansen, professor and director of undergraduate studies, University of Minnesota and Nora Paul, director of Minnesota Journalism Center (ret.)

Great Room

3:15 p.m.

Break: Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided

Internet Archive foyer

3:30 p.m.

Presentation: Saving news applications: Describing, archiving and preserving dynamic data journalism

Katherine Boss, Meredith Broussard, Fernando Chirigati, Rémi Rampin, and Vicky Steeves, New York University

Great Room

4 p.m.

Presentation: Recording high-fidelity online news sites with Webrecorder

Ilya Kreymer, lead developer, Rhizome

Great Room

4:30 p.m.

Presentation: The intellectual property challenges pertaining to accessing and preserving born digital news content

Kenneth Haggerty, Ph.D., University of Memphis Libraries

Great Room

5 p.m.


Internet Archive foyer

5:10 p.m.

Reception sponsored by Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Internet Archive foyer

5:30 p.m.

Tour of the Internet Archive

(approx. 45 minutes)

6:30 p.m.

Dinner on your own

Thursday, Nov. 16

8:00 a.m.

Check-in and breakfast

Internet Archive foyer

9:00 a.m.

Welcome back

Edward McCain, digital curator of journalism, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) and University of Missouri Libraries and Mark Graham, director of the Wayback Machine, Internet Archive

Great Room

9:10 a.m.

Presentation: Preserving TV and opening it for data analysis

Roger Macdonald, director, Internet Archive Television News Archive

Great Room

9:40 a.m.

Presentation: Making news archives discoverable online

Karen Cariani, senior director, WGBH Media Library and Archives and project director of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting

Great Room

10:10 a.m.

Break: Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided

Internet Archive foyer

10:25 a.m.

Special Guest Speaker


Great Room

11:10 a.m.

Presentation: The Swedish e-legal deposit law and the collection of news media online

Stina Degerstedt, metadata program manager and Daniel Jansson, technical business analyst, National Library of Sweden

Great Room

11:50 a.m.

Presentation: URLs should never die; retiring old technology while preserving the NYTimes’ first draft of history

Justin Heideman, senior software engineer, The New York Times

Great Room

12:20 p.m.


Internet Archive staff will guide groups to nearby restaurants

1:50 p.m.

Presentation: Community Webs: Local Libraries Preserving Local History

Maria Praetzellis, Program Manager, Internet Archive

Great Room

2:20 p.m.

Presentation: Preservation and Cobweb: Collaborative Collection Development for Web Archives

Kathryn Stine, California Digital Library; Stephen Abrams, California Digital Library; Peter Broadwell, UCLA Digital Library; Andrew Wallace, UCLA Digital Library

Great Room

2:50 p.m.

Panel: Preserving news on the margins

Katherine Skinner, Ph.D., Educopia Institute; Kopana Terry, University of Kentucky; James Danky, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin; Ana Krahmer, Ph.D., University of North Texas; Emily Gore, Digital Public Library of America

Great Room

3:20 p.m.

Break: Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided

Internet Archive foyer

3:35 p.m.

Presentation: News Measures Research Projec

Matt Weber, Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Great Room

4:05 p.m.

Lightning round presentations:

1: Shawn Jones, Old Dominion University, 2: Rachel King, Long Island University 3: Peter Broadwell & Todd Grappone, UCLA Library 4: Frederick Zarndt, IFLA Governing Board and Digital Divide Data

Great Room

4:45 p.m.

Closing remarks

Edward McCain, digital curator of journalism, Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) and University of Missouri Libraries and Mark Graham, director of the Wayback Machine, Internet Archive

Great Room

4:55 p.m.

DtMH 2017 forum adjourns


There is no cost to register for this event, but registration is required. The registration deadline is November 1st.

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  • Two breakfasts
  • One lunch
  • One reception

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The next Dodging the Memory Hole: Saving Online News forum will be held Nov. 15-16 at the Internet Archive in San Francisco.

Your participation in DTMH 2017 will advance the exchange of knowledge of digital preservation and improve successful practices for the preservation of online news. We invite interested parties to submit proposals for presentations, panels and posters. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following six action areas identified in previous DTMH forums: awareness, legal frameworks, policy, resources, standards and practices, and technology.

Submission and review contact: Proposals should be no more than 500 words in length and include names of presenters, their institutions, and email and phone contact information. Send submissions by email to Edward McCain, RJI digital curator of journalism.

All proposals are due by Aug. 1. Notification of acceptance will be provided by Aug. 30.

Please share this call for contributions with anyone you believe would be interested in participating in DTMH 2017.

Submission types include the following:


Lecture-style presentations telling a success story or highlighting progress made in providing long-term access to born-digital news. Presentations should be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for Q-and-A or 40 minutes with 10 minutes of Q-and-A. Related papers and other materials, if provided, will be published in the DTMH 2017 proceedings in digital form.

Panel discussion

Experts offering in-depth knowledge from multiple perspectives. One panelist serves as a moderator/facilitator. Opportunities to actively involve the audience should be incorporated into the session. Panel discussions should last 40 minutes with 10 minutes of Q-and-A, but may run longer if necessary.

Lightning round

Informal talk lasting five minutes about a success story or progress made in saving online news. Lightning-round talks will be grouped into longer blocks of time as needed for scheduling purposes.


A poster report, up to 36 inches by 48 inches, that relates to one or more conference topics and utilizes graphic elements to provide information in a clear, interesting manner.

Accepted posters will be displayed during the conference and presented to attendees during the poster exhibition. Abstracts, up to two pages in length, will be published in the DTMH 2017 proceedings in digital form.


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