Digital preservation conference names Wellington as 2025 host

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Wellington IPRES conference

New Zealand’s ongoing efforts to 'digitalise' its documented history paved the way for its capital city to win the International Conference on Digital Presentation. 

The iPRES 21st International Conference on Digital Presentation will take place in 2025 at Tākina, Wellington’s new Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Wellington is home to the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa – the institution leading the conference bid – as well as Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, with whom the National Library shares a digital preservation programme.

The National Library has a specific focus on collecting, preserving, and making accessible the documentary heritage of New Zealand, in every format including digital.

This expertise in digital preservation and the National Library’s history of engagement with the international digital preservation community was a factor in the city winning the conference.

iPRES is the oldest international conference focused on long-term digital preservation. The annual event brings hundreds of researchers and practitioners from all over the world to discuss the latest research and practice for protecting and making accessible digital collections.

Andrea Goethals, programme director at the National Library of New Zealand said: “By hosting iPRES in Wellington we can highlight our digital preservation activities in New Zealand while showing our commitment to being part of the international effort to protect our global digital heritage.

The bid for the event was supported by Business Events Wellington and Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events team.

Tourism New Zealand’s general manager for New Zealand & Business Events Bjoern Spreitzer added: “This is an excellent win, attracting international delegates to Wellington and bringing valuable knowledge to assist with the ongoing preservation of New Zealand’s digital heritage.”

The win is just the latest in a series of wins for Tākina, which is on track to open mid-2023. The purpose-built venue will be able to accommodate a plenary of up to 1,600 delegates, alongside exhibition space and stand-alone meeting rooms.  

Other recently awarded conferences for Tākina include: The Early Childhood Council Conference in 2023, the Federated Farmers’ Primary Industries Summit & Awards in 2023, and The Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases’ Annual Scientific Meeting in 2024.

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