Media Release | Sep. 25, 2012

UBC hosts world’s experts on safeguarding digital assets

Event:   UNESCO conference – Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation
Date/time:  Wednesday, Sept. 26 – Friday, Sept. 28, 2012
Location:  Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, 1088 Burrard Street,

[EDITORS: UBC experts are available to speak on pressing issues such as  preventing “digital amnesia” in the wake of a country’s natural disaster or technological failure; ensuring digital continuity through better legal and social frameworks; and the post-WikiLeaks debate about "hactivism," trust, security and transparency.]

UBC Library and UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) are recognized global leaders in digital preservation, community access programs, and the management and preservation of born-digital documentary materials.

Convening more than 120 speakers and 700 delegates from five continents, the conference will foster vital exchange among sectors as diverse as academia, heritage institutions, the IT industry, business organizations and government.

Delegates will address topics that include:  protecting intellectual property in the digital age; maximizing the unprecedented potential of digital technologies to preserve and share scientific and cultural works; enhancing digital creation and preservation, especially with ”born-digital” records, documents, data and archives.

UBC conference participants include:

Allan Bell, UBC Library, Director of Digital Initiatives
Tel: 604 827.830 | Cell:

• digital preservation community-based digitization projects
• copyright, open access, Public Knowledge Project (PKP)

Jessica Bushey, doctoral student, UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS)

• creating and preserving digital photography and “born digital” images

Prof. Luciana Duranti,  chair, Archival Studies, UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS)
Tel: 604.822.2587 | Cell: 778.887.0435

• digital preservation
• digital records forensics (accuracy, reliability and authenticity of digital records/archives)
• the application of traditional diplomatic and archival concepts to contemporary records

Prof. Caroline Haythornthwaite, SLAIS Director
Tel: 604.827.4790 | Cell: 217.714.1161 (not available Wed. Sept. 26)

• how the Internet and computer media transform the way we work, study and collaborate
• crowd sourcing; online communities; distance education; constructing knowledge online

Asst. Prof. Victoria Lemieux,  SLAIS
Tel: 604.822.9199 | Cell: 604.889.8148

• the economics of preserving digital information
• risk management vis a vis financial records and information systems

Asst. Prof. Lisa Nathan,  SLAIS
Tel: 604.822.1574

• information ethics and information policy
• drawing upon ethical considerations in the design of information systems for use over the longer-term
• human-computer interaction

University Librarian Ingrid Parent, UBC Library
Tel: 604.827.3486

• global librarianship, indigenous knowledge, convergence
• first Canadian to serve as (current) president of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
• established UBC Library’s Digitization Centre; spearheading UBC’s digitization agenda
• bilingual in English and French

Corinne Rogers, doctoral student, SLAIS
Cell: 604.929.0243

• mediating human heritage through technology

Elizabeth Shaffer, doctoral student, SLAIS
Cell: 604.783.9644
• privacy, intellectual property and legal implications in relation to social media/social networks;
• information policy

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