Author Deadlines
  Submissions Due 5 April
  Paper Notification 30 April
  Final Manuscripts Due
28 May
 Program Deadlines
  Registration Opens
16 April 
  Early Registration Ends 17 May
  Short Courses Begin
8 June
  Technical Program Begins 21 June

Confirmed Exhibitors

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About the Archiving Conference

Since 2004, Archiving has been bringing together an international community of technical experts, managers, practitioners, and academics from cultural heritage institutions, universities, and commercial enterprises, to explore and discuss state-of-the-art imaging, digitization, preservation, and access for 2D, 3D, and AV materials, including documents, photographs, books, paintings, videos, and born digital works.

The interdisciplinary focus of the conference creates a rich environment for information exchange. In addition to presenting the latest research results on digitization and curation, Archiving investigates new technologies, strategies, and policies, as well as reports on successful projects that can serve as benchmarks in the field and explores different platforms and ways of visualizing collection data, allowing for deeper connections with collections.


Held over two weeks, Archiving includes beginning to advanced Short Courses; virtual Behind-the-Scenes Tours; Exhibits; a robust Technical Papers Program; and vibrant networking opportunities. Short courses will occur 8-18 June; the technical program occurs 21-24 June.

  • All courses and technical talks are presented live, with real-time text commenting and live Q&A. Recordings of live sessions will be available to attendees until 30 September 2021.
  • Expanded across more days, but fewer hours/day, to allow you to participate while attending to other work and personal responsibilities. Events generally fall within 10:00 – 15:00 EDT/16:00 – 21:00 CET. 
  • Course and All-Access Passport registration options will offer discounts on fees.


Authors are invited to submit abstracts for peer-review describing original work, including updates to existing projects or projects in progress, as well as completed projects, in technical areas related to 2D, 3D, and AV materials in:

  • Imaging / Digitization
  • Preservation / Archiving
  • Access of 2D, 3D, and AV materials
  • Management and Partnerships

All submitted proposals are peer reviewed by the program committee to assure that the conference provides significant, timely, and authoritative information. If accepted, authors may submit a full 4-6 page paper for publication in the conference proceedings, or a revised 1-2 page extended abstract to be provided to registrants but not published in the Archiving Proceedings in the IS&T Digital Library. All papers presented at Archiving 2021 are published Open Access. LEARN MORE.

Learn More: Archiving Webinars

Upcoming webinars

April 21 @10:00 EDT
Imaging Choices: Practice, Settings, and Formats,
Peter Burns, Burns Digital Imaging
Whether you are a professional managing a collection, or an enthusiast scanning for family genealogy, how you capture images counts. When capturing a digital collection of prints, documents, and objects, you have several choices. We address these with recommendations, based on options that are generally available with modest equipment (scanner or camera) and software resources. These include equipment, image resolution, file formats and general imaging practice. >>REGISTER NOW

May 6 @10:00 EDT
One Size Does Not Fit All: Workflows for Digitized and Born-Digital Materials,
Kira Sobers and Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
Both digitized and born-digital materials present many challenges for organizations including management, access, and preservation. Kira Sobers and Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig will talk about their workflows with diverse digital materials that document the rich history of the Smithsonian Institution. (image: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box: 25; Circa 1970) >>REGISTER NOW

May 18 @10:00 EDT

Covering the Gamut of Spectral Imaging: Intro to In-depth,
Fenella France, Library of Congress, and David R. Wyble, Avian Rochester LLC
Details forthcoming.

June 2 @10:00 EDT
OCR and Text Recognition: Trends and New Applications,
Kim Pham, iUniversity of Denver, and Jamie Rogers, Florida International University
Details forthcoming.

Past Webinars

View the recordings of four webinars recorded in Spring 2020 that introduce the conference and its main focus. These informative presentations serve as an introduction to the topics and understanding the contents and importance of the papers presented at this meeting:

  • Digitization, Preservation, and Access: The Three Pillars of Cultural Heritage Archiving, Jeanine Nault, Smithsonian Institution  View Recording 
  • Digitizing for Cultural Heritage: Imaging, Standards, and Quality, Peter Burns, Burns Digital Imaging  View Recording
  • Designing Preservation, Responding to Collection and User Community Needs, David Walls, US Government Publishing Office View Recording 
  • Access: Mind the Gap, Ariela Netiv, Heritage Leiden View Recording  
    Download Ariela Netiv's Resource List


General Chair

Walther Hasselo, Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken (the Netherlands)

Technical Program Chair

Fenella France, Library of Congress (US)

Short Course Chairs

Steffen Hankiewicz, intranda GmbH (Germany)
Bethany Scott, University of Houston Libraries (US)

Steering Committee

Peter Burns, Burns Digital Imaging (US), chair
Fenella France
, Library of Congress (US)
Steffen Hankiewicz
, intranda GmbH (Germany)
Walther Hasselo
, Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken (the Netherlands)
Jeanine Nault
, Smithsonian Institution (US)
Bethany Scott
, University of Houston Libraries (US)

David Wyble, Avian Rochester (US)

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