Call for Papers

Centre of Excellence for Digital Preservation, C-DAC, India and Alliance for Permanent Access (APA), EU are pleased to announce the APA International Conference on Digital Preservation and Development of Trusted Digital Repositories to be held at Silver Oak Hall, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India, during 5-6 February 2014.


As noted in the IDC country brief, the digital universe in India is expected to grow 23 fold between 2012-2020. The digital bits captured or created each year in the country is expected to grow from 127 exabytes to 2.9 zettabytes between 2012 and 2020. Asia’s giants India and China together would account for the 29% of the total digital universe in 2020 which is estimated to be 40 zettabytes. The IDC digital universe report also includes similar country briefs and growth projections about China, US and Western Europe. The growth projections pertaining to the production and capture of digital information or big data is propelled by internet, social networks, e-government and enterprise applications, migration from analogue to digital, cloud based applications, machine to machine and mobile communication, etc. The explosion of digital information has caught most of us unprepared to handle the threats posed by rapidly changing technologies and digital obsolescence of computer hardware, software, file formats and storage media. The possibilities of data corruption, physical damage and disasters continue to endanger digitally encoded information. The legal, financial, and administrative consequences of loss of digital information pose major concerns.

In this context, the need and relevance of digital preservation is already recognized by UNESCO which has decided to play active advocacy role to make digital preservation frameworks and practices as per the Vancouver Declaration, The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation, 2012. It is challenging to ensure the accessibility, readability, usability, reliability and authenticity of such digital information over a long period. The ephemeral and intangible nature of digital information demands continuous and active management for its long term preservation. It requires the development of digital preservation best practices, methods, tools, systems, and infrastructural setup including trusted and sustainable digital repositories.

To frame a response to the challenge, the purpose of this international conference is to facilitate deliberations and sharing of domain specific case studies between digital preservation experts, archivists, technology developers, researchers, legal and law enforcement professionals, policy makers, and stakeholders.
Therefore, the organizers of this conference invite research papers, case study papers and position papers within following thematic areas.

Thematic Areas

  • Digital preservation in various domains such as e-government, scientific and research data, geospatial information, electronic health records, audio and video, media archives, government and cultural heritage archives, corporate data archives, etc.
  • Domain specific adaptation of Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model
  • Digital disasters and recovery
  • Technological infrastructure development for trusted digital repositories
  • Trusted digital repositories in cloud
  • Digital preservation for legal compliances
  • Digital forensic for authenticity of information
  • The challenges and techniques for maintaining trust in electronic records over long period
  • Integrating e-record management with e-government
  • Approaches for long term sustainability of digital repositories
  • Data mining and repurposing of digital information stored in digital repositories
  • Long term storage solutions with techniques for optimization and efficacy
  • Preparing for audit and certification of digital repositories
  • Design of domain specific digital preservation policy framework
  • Curriculum for digital preservation training

The interested contributors are requested to refer the paper submission guidelines.