Important Dates
 Call for Presentations
  » Journal-first Submission 1 Nov 2019
   (w/paper in proceedings)
  » Standard Submission 2 Jan 2020
    (w/paper in proceedings)
 Final Manuscripts Due
3 April 2020
 (Standard Submission)  
 Early Registration Ends
19 April 2020
 Hotel Deadline TBD
 Conference Begins
18 May 2020

Cooperating Societies


At this time, planning for Archiving remains in a daily state of flux. While it is clear that we will not hold the meeting in May in its originally-planned configuration, we are still working on alternative solutions, from new dates to a virtual meeting to a hybrid option. Getting answers to the questions we've asked of vendors and others to be able to make decisions is a slow process and we ask for your patience.

Once IS&T has a clear path forward, we will announce our plans via email and this webpage. We will also communicate directly with accepted authors and current registrants about their particular status. Authors should rest assured that IS&T is committed to providing alternative publication and/or presentation formats should that become necessary.

We recommend that no one makes travel plans that cannot be changed. For details on the Covid-19 situation, visit WHO, CDC, and/or John Hopkins Center for Health Security.


Join an international community of technical experts, managers, practitioners, and academics from cultural heritage institutions, universities, and commercial enterprises, to explore and discuss the digitization, preservation, and access of 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, and audio-visual materials, including documents, photographs, books, paintings, videos, and born digital works.


Participate in the live stream or listen to a recording post-webinar.

Past webinar; recording available
March 11 @ 14:00 EDT: Digitization, Preservation, and Access: The Three Pillars of Cultural Heritage Archiving, Jeanine Nault, Smithsonian Institution  View Recording
March 19 @ 14:00 EDT: Digitizing for Cultural Heritage: Imaging, Standards, and Quality, Peter Burns, Burns Digital Imaging  View Recording
March 25 @ 14:00 EDT: Designing Preservation, Responding to Collection and User Community Needs, David Walls, US Government Publishing Office View Recording


April 2 @ 14:00 EDT: Access: Mind the Gap, Ariela Netiv, Heritage Leiden Register Now


Note: For planning purposes, you can assume Keynotes are 50-, focal talks are 35-, and oral talks are 20-minutes; focal talks were selected based on reviewer scores. Coffee breaks and lunch times are not noted. All times subject to change. The exhibit will run on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Downloadable Preliminary Program 

Monday 18 May 2020

8:00-17:45 Short Course Program
18:00-19:30 Welcome Reception (location TBA)

Tuesday 19 May 2020

The Ever-changing Work that is Digital Preservation, Leslie Johnston, US National Archives and Records Administration (US)

Towards Automated Digital Preservation through Preservation Action Registries, Jack O'Sullivan and Jon Tilbury, Preservica Ltd. (UK)

Tool for Archiving Social Media: Case Twitter, Tuomo Räisänen, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

Reimagining the Archival Control Model of the National Archives of Australia for the Digital Age, Carey Garvie, National Archives of Australia (Australia)

Waste Not, Want Not: Assessing the Environmental Sustainability of the University of Houston's Digital Preservation Program, Bethany Scott and Diana Dulek, University of Houston Libraries (US)


Focal Talk:
Automating 35mm Photographic Film Digitization: X-Y Table Capture System Design and Assessment
, Michael Bennett, University of Connecticut (US)

Digitizing 200 Manuscripts in 200 Days at the National Library of Scotland, Gavin Willshaw, National Library of Scotland (UK)

When the Great is the Enemy of Good - Quality and Sustainability in Digitization, Millard Schisler, Johns Hopkins University (Brazil)

Improving Human-computer Interaction through Innovative Adaptation, a Case Study in End-user Development for Digitization, Jeremy Moore and Andrew Coggins, University of Tennessee (US)


Panelists TBA; Moderated by Jeanine Nault, Smithsonian Institution (US)

Location TBA

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Spectral Archives: Obstacles and Opportunities, Roy Berns, Rochester Institute of Technology (US)

Archiving by Design at the Technical University of Delft – Together We A(r)chive More, Esther Maes, Technical University of Delft (the Netherlands)

Metadata Enrichment for Digital Preservation of the Next Generation Audio in Acoustic Heritage, Begoña Sanchez-Royo, Highbury Research and Development (UK)

Smartphone Camera and LED Flashlight for RTI – Reflectance Transformation Imaging Applied to Cultural Heritage, Alexandre Leao and Adriano Bueno, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil)

To Predict the Lightfastness of Prints on Foil Applying Artificial Neural Network, Mahasweta Mandal and Swati Bandyopadhyay, Jadavpur University (India)


11:05 – 12:50  WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF 3D
Focal Talk:
Smithsonian Open Source 3D Pipeline
, Vincent Rossi and Jonathan Blundell, Smithsonian Institution (US)

Evaluating the Application of ISO 19264 Color Validation Techniques for 3D Imaging, Chris Heins and Scott Geffert, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (US)

Focal Talk: Automated 3D Mass Digitization for the GLAM Sector, Pedro Santos, Reimar Tausch, Matevz Domajnko, Martin Ritz, Martin Knuth, and Dieter Fellner, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD (Germany)

14:00 – 14:40  MANAGEMENT
Access to Collections: Challenges of Physical and Digital – Assessing Digitization Decisions,
Fenella France and Andrew Forsberg, Library of Congress (US)

Expanding the Scope of Digital Collection Development for Heritage Preservation: The Case of the Odin Oyen Collection, David Mindel, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (US)

Details will be released in mid-March on the website. Registration begins just after the early registration deadline. Information is sent directly to those registered by then, or whenever any registers after that date. Tour registration is first-come, first-served.

Evening is on attendees own.

Thursday 21 May 2020

Mind the Gap: Shifting the Gender Balance Online with Cultural Collections, Effie Kapsalis, Smithsonian Institution Provost Office (US)

10:00 – 11:25
  ADVANCED IMAGING (coffee break in middle of session)
Integrating Advanced Imaging of Ancient Manuscripts,
Michael Toth, R.B. Toth Associates LLC; William Christens-Barry, Equipoise Imaging LLC; and Matthew Heintzelman, Columba Stewart, David Calabro, and Melissa Moreton, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (US)

Image Quality Degradation Caused by Color Transformations in Multi-Spectral Imaging - A Practical Review, Roy Berns, Rochester Institute of Technology (US)

11:25 – 14:35  STANDARDS (90-minute lunch break in middle of session)
Applying the Standards: A Supplier’s Perspective on Quality Control in Mass Digitization, Martijn van der Kaaij, Heron Information Management LLP and Wim de Boer, Karmac Informatie & Innovatie BV (the Netherlands)

Metamorfoze: History, Development, and Application of a Name, Martina Hoffmann, Martina Hoffmann Consulting (the Netherlands)

Digitization for Everybody (Dig4E), Paul Conway, University of Michigan (US)

Focal Talk:  Refining the Theory-to-Practice Path for FADGI Still Imaging, Don Williams, Image Science Associates and Peter Burns, Burns Digital Imaging (US)

14:35 – 15:20 
Unity based Dynamic Virtual Museum PoC,
Anssi Jääskeläinen, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

Mapping Oral Histories: Augmenting Digital Audio Collections with GIS, Virginia Dressler, Kent State University (US)

15:50 – 17:00  A LOOK AT THE FUTURE: LOD & AI

Linked Open Data Prototype of the Historical Archive of the European Commission, Mariana Damova, Mozaika Ltd. (Bulgaria)

Artificial Intelligence for Content and Context Metadata Retrieval in Images and Image Groups, Peter Fornaro and Vera Chiquet, University of Basel (Switzerland)

Machine Learning and IIIF in the Reality Check of Daily Digitization Projects using the Example of the Goobi Community, Steffen Hankiewicz, intranda GmbH (Germany)



  • New developments in digitization technologies and workflows
  • Advanced imaging techniques and image processing, e.g., multispectral imaging, 3D imaging
  • Large scale/mass digitization and workflow management systems
  • Quality assurance and control of digitization workflow, e.g., targets, software, automation, integration
Preservation / Archiving
  • Formats, specifications, and systems
  • Management of metadata
  • Standards and guidelines
  • Archival models and workflows
Access of 2D, 3D, and AV materials
  • Dissemination and use of digitized materials, e.g., rights management, crowdsourcing, data mining, data visualizations
  • Formats for preservation and access
  • Deep learning algorithms to improve search results; AI, machine learning, etc.
  • Open access and open data strategies
  • Integration of linked open [usable] data (LOD/LOUD)/Open source solutions/APIs (automated programming interface, e.g., IIIFs)
Management and Partnerships
  • Policies, strategies, plans, and risk management; repository assessment
  • Business and cost models
  • Collaborations and partnership best practices/lessons learned/case studies

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