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    12 – 14 November 2019

Navigating the digital shift: practices and possibilities

About the conference

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities is a collaborative conference series between The National Archives and Research Libraries UK. Now in its seventh year, DCDC brings together colleagues from across the archive, library, museum and academic sectors to explore shared opportunities, collective challenges, and to discuss how each sector can work more effectively with one another.

Open and inclusive in its ethos, the DCDC conferences bring together an unparalleled variety of experiences drawn from across the UK, Europe, and further afield. It includes contributions from individuals of all career stages, from established academics and practitioners, to those just starting out. Its keynote speakers are drawn from across the heritage and academic sectors, are leaders in their field, and inspire debate and discussion amongst its hundreds of delegates. The annual conference has now become a well-established event on the cultural, heritage and academic calendars.

** Change of date** DCDC19 will be held on 12-14 November 2019 at the BCEC (Birmingham Conference and Events Centre), Birmingham.


DCDC19 call for papers

March 2019 will see the 30th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee’s seminal article, Information Management: A Proposal, which outlined his vision for a World Wide Web. Since then we have used the internet and digital technology in almost every aspect of our lives. With the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence we are seeing the rapid evolution of technology and applying it to the world around us, including within the information, research, and cultural sectors.

DCDC19 will explore the possibilities of the digital shift for collections, audience expectations, and professional practices. It seeks to go beyond recounting the huge change that the digital shift has represented, and to examine possibilities for the future. How can we reconcile the gathering of ever more detailed metrics around user behaviour and concerns over user privacy? At a time of information abundance, how can libraries and archives remain trusted and “go to” repositories in a crowded market place? How can we ensure the accuracy and authenticity of the digital record? How do our practices and institutional cultures need to evolve to respond to continuing technological change? And how can we track the impact that the availability of information and collections has on research and society more generally?

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