Wellington has added another win to its business events calendar, a major conference on digital preservation heading to New Zealand for the first time.
The iPRES 21st International Conference on Digital Presentation will take place in 2025 at Tākina, set to open next year. 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.
iPRES is the oldest international conference about long-term digital preservation.
The bid was led by the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa and Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, both of which share a digital preservation programme. It was supported by Business Events Wellington and Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events team.
Andrea Goethals, programme director at the National Library of New Zealand, says: “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.
“We see this as an opportunity for New Zealand organisations to learn from and make connections with the community of international digital preservation experts.”
The win is just the latest in a series of wins for Tākina, which is on track to open mid-2023. The venue will be able to accommodate a plenary of up to 1,600 delegates, alongside exhibition space and stand-alone meeting rooms.