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NARA Preservation Conference

From: Richard Schneider <richard.schneider>
Date: Friday, November 17, 2006
"Managing the Intangible Creating, Storing and Retrieving Digital
    Surrogates of Historical Materials"
The 21st Annual National Archives Preservation Conference
Marriott Inn and Conference Center at the University of Maryland's
    University College, Adelphi, Maryland
April 30-May 1, 2007

In 2003, the National Archives (NARA) hosted a preservation
conference to examine analog versus digital reformatting methods and
to debate whether the latter is an acceptable preservation medium.
In 2006, we find that the debate is indeed over, for national and
international organizations have endorsed digital surrogates as an
accepted preservation option and have begun digitizing a wide
variety of historical materials. Questions however, abound.

This conference will give attendees an opportunity to hear a
comprehensive discussion on the essential components of the digital
preservation reformatting process. It will benefit attendees
involved with any and all media types, for there are common issues
that have implications on reformatting decisions and the approaches
taken. This conference will also benefit institutions that are
contemplating entering, or have just entered, the digital arena by
providing a forum to examine reformatting in its entirety instead of
focusing just on a narrow slice of the process.

The conference will be organized in a two-day format. The first day
will be devoted to more formal presentations while the second will
be a combination of panel discussions and venues allowing for more
interaction between attendees and presenters.

The conference has undergone many changes this year which are
designed to enhance your experience. The location is in a hotel
rather than a National Archives facility, permitting us to expand
the program and permit more interaction with other attendees, NARA
staff, speakers and vendors supplying goods and services to the
digital preservation field.

The registration fee for this 2-day conference is $275.00 for a
standard registration and $175.00 for a student registration. The
fee includes lunch, breaks and beverage service for both days. There
will also be an evening reception after the first day's program. For
those coming from outside of the DC Metropolitan area, you may
consider staying at the Marriott hotel that is adjacent to the
conference facility. Both of these are on the campus of the
University of Maryland at College Park.

For more information, please contact me directly at
richard.schneider [at] nara__gov or at 301-837-3617. You should also check
<URL:> on a
regular basis for registration forms and updates on the program. I
hope to see you in April,

Richard Schneider
Conference Coordinator

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