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IFLA Preservation and Conservation Section and IFLA Information Technology Section issue call for papers for Open Sessions -

The IFLA Preservation and Conservation Section and IFLA Information Technology Section is inviting Librarians, Information Scientists and other interested professionals to submit proposals for the Open Session to be held during the 86th IFLA WLIC, in Dublin, Ireland.

The development of the digital marketplace for information products (e.g. e-books, e-zines, etc.) has boosted the production of new services and products as a response to ever-increasing user expectations. This includes a number of innovations particularly in the production of multimedia objects that enrich cultural heritage.

For instance, e-books have simulated printed books, mostly in a linear way of presenting content. These are, however, being replaced by complex formats and structures, also called branch narrative or ambient literature. It is born-digital with complex non-standard and networked formats in different media types, and at high risk of obsolescence due to rapid evolution of the digital marketplace. Such literature is device dependent, and often requires proprietary technology, including hardware and software, and platforms to enable the access. Since these new e-books cannot be compared with the existing digital collections in cultural heritage organisations, organisations often lack the necessary capability and infrastructure to manage them.

Complex digital objects are an important part of cultural heritage, and whose preservation represents a significant challenge to depository institutions.

This session will explore/address questions such as: Have any libraries or organizations tackled the preservation of complex digital objects? What are some successful preservation strategies for complex digital objects? How should we deal with preserving or enhancing the user experience, while migrating the component parts of a digital object to newer or archival formats?

Any experience of a library referring to preservation of complex digital objects will be welcome. The deadline for submitting a detailed abstract (500 words) and full author details, including name, position, affiliation, and email address of each author, is February 28, 2020. Each abstract will be blind reviewed by members of the Preservation and Conservation Section and Information Technology Section. Selection of papers will be based on the abstract. Presenters will be notified whether they have been successful by the end of March 2020. The full paper is due May 31, 2020 and must be an original submission not presented or published elsewhere. Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as a MS Word file by e-mail.

Papers should be of 5 pages minimum and 20 pages maximum, double spaced, and must use the template that will be available with IFLA’s 2020 Guidelines for Paper Authors and Presenters. The conference will be conducted in English. All proposals, papers and presentations will be required to be in English. 15 to 20 minutes will be allowed for a summary delivery of the paper in the Conference; the full written paper is not to be read. It is strongly recommended that the presentation is supported by a visual element such as PowerPoint, Prezi, or other presentation software.

Authors should indicate their personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note with the paper.

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