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Call for Speakers and Panelists, Digital Commonwealth’s 17th Annual Conference, Online.


The Digital Commonwealth’s 17th Annual Conference will be held online via Zoom on Tuesday
April 11, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM US East Coast Time. Digital Commonwealth’s
Conference Committee invites interested speakers to submit abstracts of 1 page or less in
length for presentations centered around the theme “Facing the Digital Future: Addressing
Systemic Issues in Cultural Heritage”.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

● Building financial security into your projects and collections, is it possible?
● Employment practices for digital humanities related positions, such as: creating hiring
practices that encourage a diverse and inclusive staff in the digital cultural heritage field;
strategies for mentoring and engaging with future digital humanities professionals
● Strategies to create metadata guidelines and work flows that can be responsive to future
needs and changes
● Identifying and responding to the challenges and opportunities climate change presents
for digital collections
● Incorporating born digital materials into collections and exhibits
● Building long term, mutually beneficial partnerships with other organizations
● Intentional collection development that is responsive to the diversity of both our users
and what we document

Proposals for individual presentations, being a panel participant, joint proposals for a panel, or a
planned interactive dialogue between 2-3 people, will be considered for inclusion.
Abstracts should be submitted by email no later than January 3rd, 2023 to
digitalcommonw[email protected]. Please email any questions to the same address.

About Digital Commonwealth

Digital Commonwealth is a non-profit collaborative organization that provides resources and
services to support the creation, management, and dissemination of cultural heritage materials
held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives. Digital Commonwealth currently has over 200 member institutions from across the state. Digital Commonwealth’s mission is to provide access to thousands of images, documents, and sound recordings that have been digitized by member institutions so that they may be available to researchers, students, and the general public. Digital Commonwealth provides a single point of online access to digital assets hosted by Massachusetts cultural institutions. It also serves as a repository for hosting an institution’s content. Free digitization services are provided by the Boston Public Library as part of the Library for the Commonwealth program. Our member institutions include libraries, museums, historical societies, archives, research institutions, and other organizational repositories of our cultural heritage.

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