Keynote Speakers

Dr William Kilbride (Digital Preservation Coalition)

Opening Keynote Speaker

Title: 'A secure digital legacy: what it looks like and how to go about getting on'


Abstract: In this presentation William Kilbride, Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition, will reflect on the new strategic plan of the DPC which sets an ambitious vision for 'a secure digital legacy'. He will examine the different, at times competing, expectations of data creators, data users and data managers for the long term and the different actions that arise in each space. From these perspectives it will become apparent that successful digital preservation has (at least) two characteristics: solutions are contingent and progress is collaborative. So how can we make progress in this fragmented and changing environment. No single solution will work; but help is at hand.

Biography: 'William is Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), a not-for-profit membership organization providing community engagement, advocacy, workforce development, capacity, good practice and standards in digital preservation. William started his career in archaeology in the 1990s when the discipline’s enthusiasm for new technology outstripped its capacity to manage the resulting data. He joined the DPC from Glasgow Museums where he was research manager for history and before that was Assistant Director of the Archaeology Data Service at the University of York. He was previously a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Glasgow where he retains an honorary position.

Mr Martin Svoboda

Director National Library of Technology (NTK)

Librarianship is no science, it is a service.


If there is any science in it, it is the science that helps to provide much better service. And the technologies that were unheard about in the not-so-distant past allow for much more amiable services than those available before. The new services can grow in their extent and at the same time allow much deeper employment of [library] resources. This applies to all types of services be it licensed books and journals, web resources, personalized services, face-to-face services, learning spaces, etc.

We have heard about many tools that allow us to make the lives of researchers, students, all our patrons but also librarians much more productive and hopefully more satisfying and pleasing too.