iPRES was conceived in 2003 by the Chinese Academy of Science and Electronic Information for Libraries, as a forum to exchange ideas and expertise in digital preservation between China and Europe. Since then, iPRES has expanded to attract delegates from around the world and to cover all aspects of digital preservation from research to strategy, applications to implementation, regional and international activity.
Now, iPRES draws around 250 delegates each year who share an interest in conserving digitally-held content for the long term. These include librarians, archivists, curators, software and repository developers; vendors, researchers, consultants, publishers and trainers, as well as colleagues in digital preservation organisations and projects.
iPRES 2008 will provide a forum to share expertise and make connections with colleagues from different organisations and disciplines. Building on the success of conferences at the National Science Library, Beijing; Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; and Nestor, Göttingen, Germany – this year's event will look at ways to combine the latest thinking; results; applications and examples to further organisational activity and practice.
iPRES 2007 National Library of Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
iPRES 2006 Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
iPRES 2005 Göttingen State and University Library, Göttingen
iPRES 2004 National Library of Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing