Call for Proposals

Best Practices Exchange 2017: Call For Proposals
Balancing Preservation and Engagement

Best Practices Exchange (BPE) 2017
November 6-8, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

Call for Proposals form

The Best Practices Exchange Program Committee invites submissions of session proposals for the 2017 Conference to be held November 6-8, 2017 on Columbia Point in Boston, Massachusetts. The BPE is an un-conference that focuses on the management and the preservation of digital government information and brings together practitioners to discuss their real-world experiences, including best practices and lessons learned. This conference is being jointly hosted by the State Library of Massachusetts, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, and the Massachusetts Archives. This year’s conference theme is Balancing Preservation and Engagement. Deadline for proposals is August 15, 2017.

Following the format of past BPE Conferences, we encourage you, the attendees, to present your projects and experiences, successes, failures, and lessons learned.

It is anticipated that sessions will last 75 minutes, with the final 15 minutes devoted to discussion and engagement with the audience. We encourage presentations to be 60 minutes (one speaker), 30 minutes (two speakers) or 20 minutes (three speakers). We also encourage submission of 5 to 10 minute lightning talks. Noted topics of interest include:

  • Open Data and Data Reuse
  • Balancing Security and Access
  • Collaborative Projects and Workflows

Proposals should include a session abstract of 100 words or less and the name, title, email, and organization of each presenter. Proposals may be submitted individually for shorter presentations or for a full session with multiple speakers. Shorter proposed presentations will be paired with others by the Program Committee. For more information, see the 2017 conference page on the BPE website, and the Proposal Submission Form.

During the first day of the conference, additional Birds of a Feather and Pop-Up session proposals will be solicited and approved.

Please send any questions to

BPE is open to all, but particularly practitioners in government and university archives and libraries; educators and researchers in the fields of library science, information science, technology, archives, and records management; and product developers working to create systems for managing and preserving digital assets.



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