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Digital Directions 2014

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Digital Directions
Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections

Presented by the Northeast Document Conservation Center
Co-Sponsored by the Portland Art Museum

July 21–23, 2014

World Trade Center Portland
25 SW Salmon Street, 2WTC
Portland, Oregon  97204


For additional background information prior to the Digital Directions conference, please refer to NEDCC's Digital Preservation Reading List


Guided by a faculty of national experts and experienced digital collection curators, join colleagues from institutions large and small for 2 ½ days of instruction on basics and best practices for creating good digital objects, collections, and initiatives. Network with colleagues who have similar challenges, interact with faculty one-on-one,  and visit one of America’s greatest cities.  See you in Portland!


Administrators and staff from libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and other collections-holding organizations nationwide, as well as corporate archivists and government records managers. The conference will benefit anyone eager to learn about digitization basics and planning and managing digital projects. The conference is geared toward participants with a beginning level of digital knowledge, as well as intermediate-level participants who want to keep up with current trends and evolving standards and best practices.


Digital Project Planning 101
Digital Imaging Standards and Best Practices
Digitizing audio and video
Building a Digital Lab
Discovery and Access Tools
Trusted Digital Repositories
Cloud 101
Funding for Digitization Projects
Building IT Relationships


$499 Early-bird (through April 1, 2014)
$525 Regular
$450 Student  (with valid ID)

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Past Participants Comment on the Value of Attending Digital Directions

  • Sometimes we feel isolated in our efforts and programs like this give us hope and confidence that we can do it! Got lots of great ideas and inspiration! Thanks!
  • This was one of the best conferences I've ever attended, in terms of the information I'm taking away with me and how it will impact my work and my institution and its users. One specific example is that the concept and practice of metadata is not as off-putting to me as it was before! Through Digital Directions I learned there are a variety of accepted options and levels for metadata.
  • This conference has taught me that I absolutely cannot accomplish long-term digital preservation as a single individual at a single institution. I'm so appreciative to see diverse voices coming together to work at cooperative solutions. Thank you all! 
  • The conference was quite useful in helping solidify my thoughts about creating a plan to process, digitize and present an analog project of 600+ archival boxes. Most important, it helped with particulars to look for, benchmarks, and goals for finished projects.