23 May 2011 to 25 May 2011
National Library of Estonia Tallinn
Program Committee: 
Martha Anderson
Michelle Gallinger
Martin Halbert
Mari Kannusaar
Abigail Potter
Matt Schultz
Katherine Skinner
Aaron Trehub

The Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation conference developed out of a series of conversations between the Educopia Institute, the U.S. Library of Congress, the University of North Texas, Auburn University, the MetaArchive Cooperative, and the National Library of Estonia about the need for a forum where preservation programs from different national contexts can share information with each other for the purpose of building strategic international collaborations to support the preservation of our collective digital memory.

While there are many annual events that support and encourage information exchange across national boundaries, no event has yet attempted to set a strategic direction across the range of topics represented here: Organizational Alignment, Technical Alignment, Legal Alignment, Standards Alignment, Economic Alignment, and Education Alignment. This conference provided a participatory forum for information exchange and focused work on these topics.

Keynotes and Panel Chairs

Laura Campbell, U.S. Library of Congress
Gunnar Sahlin, National Library of Sweden
Inge Angevaare, Netherlands Coalition for Digital Preservation
Joy Davidson, HATII, University of Glasgow
Maurizio Lunghi, Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale
Adrienne Muir, Loughborough University
Raivo Ruusalepp, Tallinn University
Michael Seadle, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Panel Speakers

Dwayne Buttler, University of Louisville
Sheila Corrall, University of Sheffield
George Coulbourne, U.S. Library of Congress
Costis Dallas, Panteion University Athens/University of Toronto iSchool
David Giaretta, Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science
Neil Grindley, Joint Information Systems Committee - JISC
Martin Halbert, University of North Texas, Educopia Institute, MetaArchive
Wilma Mossink, SURFfoundation
Andreas Rauber, Technical University of Vienna
Mihkel Reial, National Library of Estonia
Adam Rusbridge, EDINA, University of Edinburgh
Sabine Schrimpf, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek/nestor
Bohdana Stoklasova, National Library of Czech Republic, Prague
Aaron Trehub, Auburn University, ADPNet
Bram van der Werf, Open Planets Foundation
Matthew Woollard, UK Data Archive

Intended Outcomes

  • Strategic alignment of national approaches to enable new forms of international collaboration
  • An action plan for building international collaboration among interested national digital preservation initiatives, with a view to forming an International Steering Committee for digital preservation
  • An edited volume that documents an action plan for collaboration-building activities between interested digital preservation initiatives in each of the topical areas (organizational, technical, legal, standards, economic, and education alignment)


This conference focused on aligning perspectives not just from many international locations, but also from different segments of the emerging digital preservation field. Participants included leading professionals from national, public, academic, and special libraries, archives, and museums, including:

  • Administrators
  • Information technologists
  • Content curators and managers
  • Policy-makers
  • Legal experts
  • E-publishers
  • Educators


Tallinn is Estonia’s beautiful capital city, located on the banks of the Gulf of Finland, south of Helsinki and west of Saint Petersburg. Estonia has a long history of support for libraries, archives, and museums. Tallinn has also been named the European Capital of Culture 2011.

Estonia numbers among the world's most wired countries and serves as an emerging center for high-tech research and development. As WIRED magazine wrote in 2009, "The country is saturated in free Wi-Fi, cell phones can be used to pay for parking or buy lunch, and Skype is taking over the international phone business from its headquarters on the outskirts of Tallinn. In other words, Estonia--or eStonia, as some citizens prefer--is like a window into the future. Someday, the rest of the world will be as wired as this tiny Baltic nation."