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. 15. Notification of acceptance will be provided by Sept. 15.

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.

Edward McCain  
Digital Curator of Journalism


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