A National Conversation on the Economic Sustainability of Digital Information

In celebration of the February 2010 publication of the Final Report of The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access, we cordially invite you to attend a one-day Symposium.

Thursday, April 1, 2010
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
To be followed by a reception starting at 5 p.m. 

The Symposium will focus on one of the most pressing issues in today's Information Age: identifying practical solutions to the economic challenges of preserving today's deluge of valuable digital information. The event will feature four “Conversations” with distinguished experts from the academic, private, and public sectors. 


The Fairmont
2401 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Directions/Map: www.fairmont.com/washington/MapAndDirections.htm
Full Day Parking is $30 - $40



View Webcast [registration required]

Those interested in seeing live presentations and discussions from Blue Ribbon Task Force symposium can register online to view a non-interactive webcast that begins at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. An agenda of the day's presentations will be posted to facilitate selective viewing. The webcast is being hosted by Microsoft using VIDIZMO.com, an online video Mashup technology to create, manage, and deliver live or on-demand interactive rich media presentations. Following the symposium, the webcast will be available on demand via VIDIZMO, a Microsoft Gold verified partner, and from this webpage.


8:30 – 9:00

Continental Breakfast (Ballroom Foyer)

9:00 – 9:45

Symposium Introduction (Executive Forum)
Fran Berman [Task Force Co-Chair]
Vice President for Research, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Brian Lavoie [Task Force Co-Chair]
Research Scientist, OCLC

9:45 – 10:10

Keynote Address
Thomas Kalil
Deputy Director for Policy in the Office of Science & Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President of the United States

10:10– 10:30


10:30 – 11:20

Conversation About Research Data
Daniel E. Atkins
Former Director of the National Science Foundation's Office of Cyberinfrastructure
Wayne Clough
Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

Moderator: Chris Rusbridge [Task Force member]
Director of the Digital Curation Centre, University of Edinburgh

11:25– 12:15

Conversation About Scholarly Discourse
Derek Law
Board Chair, JISC Advance
Brian E. C. Schottlaender
The Audrey Geisel University Librarian at the University of California, San Diego

Moderator: Lee Dirks [Task Force member]
Director of Scholarly Communication, Microsoft Corporation

12:30 – 1:30

Lunch (The Colonnade)

1:30 – 2:20

Conversation about the Economics of Collectively-Created Content
George Oates
Lead, Open Library at Internet Archive
Timo Hannay
Director of Web Publishing, Nature Publishing Group

Moderator: Anne Van Camp [Task Force member]
Director, Institution Archives, Smithsonian Institution

2:25– 3:15

Conversation about Commercially-owned Cultural Content
Chris Lacinak
Founder and President, Audiovisual Preservation Solutions
Jon Landau –
Producer/Partner Lightstorm Entertainment

Moderator: Abby Smith Rumsey [Task Force member]
Historian and Consulting Analyst, Library of Congress

3:15– 3:40


3:40 – 4:30

Panel Discussion:  The Economics of Digital Information
William G. Bowen
President Emeritus, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Hal R. Varian
Chief Economist, Google
Dan Rubinfeld --
Robert L. Bridges Professor of Law and Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley. [Task Force member]

Moderator: Paul N. Courant [Task Force member]
University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics, University of Michigan

4:30 – 4:50

Summary Remarks


Reception (Ballroom Foyer)
Hosted by Microsoft

For additional information on panelists, see
Blue Ribbon Task Force to Host Symposium on Economics of Sustaining Digital Information


If you wish to cancel your registration, please contact susan@sdsc.edu.