Zombies vs unicorns: which one are you? The digital preservation revolution.

Date: April 11th 2019
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Location: Boston Public Library, Boston MA

As an information professional working in research or special collections, do you feel uncomfortable with how some of the digital assets in your care are going to be looked after over the next few years? Have you got a battle on your hands to make that argument in your organization? How will public access to your collections work in the future? What do you need to do to guarantee the integrity of the data you're responsible for?

Join us in Boston for the opportunity to network with peers in your community, discuss these issues and hear about new technologies and approaches in the field of digital preservation.

We will be joined by guest speaker Ben Fino-Radin (Founder and leader of Small Data Industries, and former time-based media conservator at MoMA) who will speak about what art conservation can teach us about digital preservation.

Dr Elaine Penn, Archivist at the University of Westminster; London, will talk about some of the challenges that the University overcame when creating and implementing a digital preservation strategy for their special and corporate collections and how they are delivering greatly improved accessibility of the collection to their users.

In our Principles in Practice session, we’ll also equip attendees with some highly practical guidelines to take back and consider in the context of your own institution and Tamir Borensztajn, VP SaaS Strategies @ EBSCO will introduce a new trend including digital preservation in your institutional repository.

Places are limited so register today to confirm your attendance.


Time Session  Synopsis
 1:00 - 1:20 Intro & digital preservation futures  
 1:20 - 1:50  Guest Speaker
Past, Present, Eternity: What art conservation can teach us about digital preservation.
Ben Fino-Radin, Founder @ Small Data Industries
 1:50 - 2:50 Digital Preservation Principles in practice  
 2:50 - 3:20 Partner Speaker
Preservation and IR - Tamir Borensztajn, VP SaaS Strategies @ EBSCO Information Services

It goes without saying that libraries play an important role in the collection, preservation and dissemination of research output.

In this session, Tamir will discuss the role of the institutional repository (IR), support for research workflows and the interoperability between IR and preservation for collection preservation and safeguarding.

 3:20 - 3:40 Customer Case Study
Dr Elaine Penn, Head of University Records and Archives @ University of Westminster
Case study of implementing Perpetua and AtoM at the University of Westminster
 3:40 - 4:00 Discussion and close  

About the guest speakers:


Ben Fino-Radin, Founder & Lead Conservator @ Small Data Industries

Ben Fino-Radin is the founder of Small Data Industries, a private conservation lab and consultancy that supports and empowers people to safeguard the permanence and integrity of the world’s artistic record. Before founding Small Data Industries, Ben served as Associate Media Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where in addition to the conservation of digital art, he managed the design and development of the institution’s digital repository.

Prior to this, Ben led preservation initiatives at Rhizome as their Digital Conservator. He holds a MSLIS and MFA in Digital Art from Pratt Institute, and has served as an adjunct at NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program.


Tamir Borensztajn, VP of SaaS Strategy @ EBSCO Information Services

Tamir Borensztajn has served as EBSCO’s Vice President of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Strategy since 2014. In this role, Tamir helps inform and present EBSCO’s software strategy while working with libraries worldwide to understand their systems and software needs.

Prior to joining EBSCO, Tamir served as Executive Director, Public Sector Innovation EMEA at Infor. He is a graduate of Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holds a Master in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston.        

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Dr Elaine Penn, Head of University Records and Archives @ University of Westminster

Dr Elaine Penn is Head of University Records and Archives at the University of Westminster. She has been a qualified archives and records professional for twenty years, previously working mainly in the banking sector before joining the University in 2005.

She holds a PhD in Information Studies from UCL where her research thesis, ‘Exploring Archival Value: An Axiological Approach’, explored the potential analogies between the philosophical discipline of axiology and value concepts within archival theory. Her interests include the application of archival theory to practice, particularly in the area of appraisal. Elaine has edited and overseen the production of the University of Westminster history series of publications; and is the author of the volume, Educating for Professional Life: Twenty-five Years of the University of Westminster (London: University of Westminster, 2017).