Preservation and archiving special interest group

11 - 13 September 2017, Oxford, UK

Hosted by Bodleian Libraries & Digital Preservation at Oxford and Cambridge (DPOC)



Photo: Radcliffe Camera & All Souls College, Tejvan Pettinger, CC-BY-2.0


About us.

The Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) is dedicated to advancing the practice of digital preservation and archiving. It brings together practitioners, industry experts and researchers to share experience in a vendor-neutral forum on how to put preservation and archiving into practice, including:

  • guidelines, best practice, assessment/audit criteria and standards,
  • architectures, designs, workflows and deployments,
  • tools, systems and services,
  • trends, directions and emerging products/solutions, 
  • case studies, reviews and practical findings, and
  • comparisons and choices such as community or proprietary, onsite or hosted, customised or standardised solutions.

As a forum, PASIG provides its participants three main benefits:

  1. Connecting practitioners with each other to share information, designs, and best practices.
  2. Connecting practitioners and vendors, to both inform market & product development, and help practitioners make the most of the best systems, components and expertise that technology and service companies can offer.
  3. Advancing the state of understanding, knowledge and practice of digital preservation and archiving among stakeholders worldwide, regardless of size, industry, content or relative maturity.

PASIG is a place to share practical experiences, successes, pain points, and, increasingly, a forum for fostering coordination and collaboration to enable the most effective use of our resources. Join us at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History this Autumn as the international digital preservation community gathers for three days of exchange and sharing.


Special thanks to the hosts and organisers of PASIG 2017 Oxford: Bodleian Libraries & Digital Preservation at Oxford and Cambridge (DPOC)




Click here to purchase tickets through the University of Oxford online store.


£150 Early Bird (until 18 August 2017)

£200 Full Price

£75 Bootcamp day ticket only - 11 September 2017


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conference programme


Day 1: Monday, 11 September

Bootcamp Day - in partnership with the Digital Preservation Coalition

09.30 - registration and coffee

10.00- Welcome

10.45 -  Introduction to digital preservation 

             Sharon McMeekin, DPC

11.30 - Standards/models

            Adrian Brown, Parliamentary Archives

12.00 - Certification/validation

12.30 - lunch

13.30 - Preservation planning and actions

14.00 - Proof of concept & going to tender

             Caylin Smith & Sarah Miles, The British Library

14.30 - Trends in data storage

15.00 - tea break

15.30 - Sustainability

             William Kilbride, DPC

16.00 - Skills for digital preservation

             Sarah Mason, Bodleian Libraries & Lee Pretlove, Cambridge University Library - DPOC Project

16.30 - roundtable discussion and closing remarks

17.00 - close of day


19.15 - Conference Dinner: Wadham College

Day 2: Tuesday, 12 September

08.30 - registration

09.00 - Welcome

09.15 - Use and re-use of preserved content

              "Developing and applying principles for discovery and access for the UK Data Service" Katherine McNeill, UK Data Archive

              "Going transparent: enhancing discovery and reuse of broadcast archives" Bill Thompson, BBC

              Stuart Bithell, ResourceSpace 

10.30 - tea break

11.00 - Digital preservation in the wider organisational context: Beyond the academic library

            "Disruption" John Sheridan, The National Archives

            "Digital cinema asset preservation" Mathieu Giannecchini, Ymagis

            "Digital preservation at Sound and Vision: policy and practice" Annemieke De Jong & Josefien Schuurman, Dutch Institute for                     Sound and Vision

            Angeline Takawira, UN MICT, The Hague

12.30 - lunch

13.30 - Preservation at the edge

             "Preserving digital architecture and design: How to select and preserve born-digital architectural archives" Behrang                                       Mousavi, Dutch Institute for Architecture - HNI

             "Sharing my loss to protect your data. A story of unexpected data loss and how to do real preservation." Eduardo del Valle,                          University of the Balearic Islands

             Natasa Milic-Frayling, Intact Digital Lid.

             Catherine Taylor, Waddesdon Manor

15.10 - Lightning talks

            Data reconstruction - Dave Thompson, The National Archives

            "A safe haven for digital collections. The particular case of digital preservation at the International Institute of Social History"                     Robert Gillisse, IISG

           "DPOC Project update" James Mooney, Bodleian Libraries 

           "EMI Music Canada" Susan Powelson, University of Calgary

           "Building the Qatar Digital Library" Ben Rubinstein, Cogapp

16.10 - Training and support: Equipping the organisation for digital preservation

            Bonnie Gordon, Rockefeller Archive Center

            Kara van Malssen, AVPreserve

            "Online training for cultural heritage institutions" Marcel Ras & Frans Neggers, Dutch Coalition on Digital Preservation

            "I’m not really technical, but…" Stephanie Taylor, CoSector, University of London

17.40 - close of day


18.30 - 20.30 - Conference Reception: Divinity School, Bodleian Libraries

Day 3: Wednesday 13 September

08.30 - registration

09.00 - Technical approaches to adding preservation capabilities

            "Decomposing LOCKSS into different preservation services" Nicholas Taylor, Stanford University

            "Jisc Shared Services Initiative" John Kaye, Jisc

            "'Beyond the Repo' survey and follow-up interviews" Evviva Lajoie, Laura Alagna & Sibyl Schaefer, Northwestern and UCSD

            "Jisc RDSS use case: Arkivum/Archivematica" Matthew Addis, Arkivum

10.30 - tea break

11.00 - Technology trends: Storage, complex content, systems

            "Preservation storage criteria document" Sibyl Schaefer, UCSD

            "EOSC pilot of preservation in the cloud" Jamie Shiers, CERN

            "Peer-to-peer preservation" Dave Pcolar, DPN

            "IPFS and the Decentralized Web / “Data Together”, a model for communities using decentralized infrastructure to manage                         data" Matt Zumwalt, Protocol Labs, DataBindery

12.30 - lunch

13.30 - Digital preservation implications of the current political, legal and environmental landscape

            "Brexit and copyright" Naomi Korn, https://naomikorn.com/  

            Patricia Sleeman, UNHCR

            CSC, Finnish IT Centre for Science

            Nick Shapiro and Brendan O' Brienolar, EDGI

15.00 - tea break

15.30 - Lightning talks  

            SWORDv3 project - Neil Jefferies & Richard Jones, Oxford, Cottage lans, On behalf of Jisc

            "Broadening Horizons: DuraCloud's Trajectory" Erin Tripp, DuraSpace

            "Experiences with BagIT and Large File Volumes" Claire Knowles, University of Edinburgh

            "Supporting Digital Preservation with Fedora" Erin Tripp, DuraSpace

15.50 - Future of preservation theory and practice

            “Realistic digital preservation in the near future: How do we get from A to B when B is really far?” Somaya Langley, Cambridge                   University Library

           "Seamless digital preservation" Jon Tilbury, Preservica

           "The Future of Digital Preservation" Antonio Guillermo Martinez, Libnova

16.50 - Concluding summary

            Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian

17.05 - close of conference

Oxford, United Kingdom


conference Venue Information:

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PW



Wadham College

Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PN


Reception Venue Information:

The Divinity School, Bodleian Libraries

Entrances on Broad Street, Catte Street & Radcliffe Square, Oxford OX1


Getting to and from Oxford

Train Station (for direct trains to/from London, transfers in Reading for Gatwick Airport)

Gloucester Green Bus Station (24-hour direct services to/from London on the X90 or Oxford Tube, plus National Express )

The Airline Oxford Bus (for links to Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham - multiple pick up locations)


Hotel recommendations

The Buttery

11-12 Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3AP

Old Bank Hotel

91-94 High Street
Oxford OX1 4BJ


Old Parsonage Hotel

1-3 Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6NN

The Tower House

15 Ship Street
Oxford OX1 3DA

Limited B&B style rooms are available at some of the University of Oxford colleges during vacation time. Please check here for availablity and details.



Programme committee

Chair: Neil Jefferies, University of Oxford
Matthew Addis, Arkivum
Tom Cramer, Stanford University  
Glenn Cumiskey, British Museum
Daniela Duca, JISC
Natalie Harrower, Digital Repository of Ireland
William Kilbride, DPC
Sarah Mason, University of Oxford
Courtney Mumma, Texas Digital Library
Shira Peltzman, UCLA Library
Lee Pretlove, University of Cambridge
Marcel Ras, NCDD
Juan Romero, LibNova
Krishna Roy-Chowdhury, QNL
Dave Thompson, The National Archive
Jon Tilbury, Preservica


Steering committee

Matthew Addis, Arkivum
Tom Cramer, Stanford University
Jozef Dzivak, Centre of Scientific and Technical Information
Ben Fino-Radin, Small Data Industries
Carl Grant, University of Oklahoma
Neil Jefferies,University of Oxford
Thorsten Lange, P&A Consult
Thomas Ledoux, Bibliotheque Nationale de France
Sarah Mason, DPOC & Bodleian Libraries
Becky McGuinness, Open Preservation Foundation
David Minor, UC San Diego Library
Courtney Mumma, Texas Digital Library
Erin O’Meara, University of Arizona
Arthur Pasquinelli, Oracle
Lee Pretlove, University of Cambridge
Matthias Razum, FIZ Karlsruhe
Kara Van Malssen, AV Preserve

PASIG Code of Conduct

The Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) is dedicated to providing a welcoming and positive experience for everyone, whether they are in a formal session or a social setting related to a PASIG event, or are taking part in activities online. PASIG participants come from all over the world and bring with them a wide variety of professional, personal and social backgrounds; whatever these may be, we treat colleagues with dignity and respect. We are sensitive to the fact that the international nature of PASIG means that we span many different social norms around language and behaviour and we strive to conduct ourselves in ways that are unlikely to cause offence. In the event that someone’s conduct is causing offence or distress, PASIG has a detailed Anti-Harassment Policy, details below, which can be applied to address the problem.

The first step in dealing with any serious misconduct is to contact a member of the local organizing group, or members of the PASIG steering committee. These people will be made known before and during any PASIG event.



PASIG is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. If you have been harassed, please consult this protocol for conflict resolution which makes clear how we can help.

PASIG has established the following policy to make it clear that we do not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual or discriminatory language and imagery are not appropriate for any event venue, including talks, or any other communication channel used during the conference (such as social media).

Harassment includes:

  • offensive verbal comments related to sex, gender, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race, religion;

  • sexual or discriminatory images in public spaces;

  • deliberate intimidation;

  • stalking;

  • harassing photography or recording;

  • sustained disruption of talks or other events;

  • inappropriate physical contact; and

  • unwelcome sexual attention.

The lingua franca of PASIG is English; however, English may not be the native language of PASIG participants. Further, cultural norms around what may be considered obscene and offensive communication will vary among PASIG attendees. Delegates are asked to please be mindful of the international character of PASIG, and to use respectful and clear language free of slang to facilitate communication.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers and PASIG representatives (or their designees) may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, expulsion from the PASIG conference, or contacting a higher authority such as a representative from the offender’s institution.

If a participant raises a concern relating to actions covered by this policy in good faith, there will be no retaliation for bringing forward their concern. Threatening or taking action against someone for invoking this policy or for participating in any related investigation will be considered a violation of this policy.

Participants are expected to follow the anti-harassment policy at all conference-related venues, conference-related social events, and online communication channels

We expect attendees and speakers past and present to be respectful to each other, and we will deal with any incidents that arise, including on social media.

We value your participation in the PASIG community and your support in keeping the PASIG community a safe, welcoming, and friendly space for fellow participants.



Portions of this policy are modified from the Open Repositories’ code of conduct, which was itself modified from Seattle Attic’s code of conduct and the Ada Initiative’s event harassment policy.



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