Call for Papers

Personal Digital Archiving 2013
21-22 February 2013
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA

NEW DEADLINE: Friday, November 9, 2012, 11:59 pm EST

Our vital personal records are becoming digital, from family photographs and personal documents to health and financial information. New capture devices and media types are reshaping our personal and collective memories, and personal collections are growing in size and complexity.

The Personal Digital Archiving 2013 Conference welcomes a broad community working to ensure long-term access for personal collections and archives. This year, the conference theme focuses on the relationships between collective and individual action around preserving personal digital content. Companies and cultural heritage institutions steward information that documents the life and times of private individuals. At the same time, individuals manage and “self-archive” content for future use by themselves and their families. Personal Digital Archiving 2013 invites proposals on the full range of topics relevant to personal digital archiving.

Presentations might address materials and format challenges including family archives of photographs and home movies, personal health and financial data, scrapbooking, social network posts, genealogy, blogs, email and other correspondence. Presentations might also address themes that unite digital archives, including interface design for archives; institutional practices; community outreach; tools; and funding models. Additionally the program committee encourages proposals exploring the following questions:

  • What new social norms are emerging around preservation, access and disclosure?
  • How should libraries, museums and archives help collect personal digital materials?
  • What are some practical strategies for helping libraries, museums and archives conduct personal archiving outreach to their communities?
  • What are effective outreach strategies for encouraging individuals to undertake personal digital archiving?
  • How can we cope with the intersection between personal data and collective or social data that is personal?
  • What tools and services are needed to better enable self-archiving? What models for user interfaces are most appropriate?
  • What are viable existing economic models that can support personal archives? What new economic models should we evaluate?
  • What are the the key issues associated with digital estate planning and “the digital afterlife”?

The conference program will include three types of presentations: 20-minute papers, 5-minute lightning talks, and posters (including demos).

If you wish to submit an abstract for the conference, please visit:

Submissions should include:

  • The title of your project, paper or presentation
  • For 20-minute paper presentations, a 300-word abstract
  • For lightning talks and posters, a 150-300 word abstract
  • A brief biographical sketch or CV (no more than 2 pages)

Paper, poster, and lightning talk submissions are now due Friday, November 9, 2012, 11:59 pm EST