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A two-day conference, "Partnerships in Innovation II: From Vision to Reality and Beyond" was held on October 7- 8, 2008 in College Park, Maryland, USA. It was jointly sponsored by the University of Maryland and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

This significant conference focused on the leadership and coordination of these two institutions to address the challenges of electronic records, highlighting key partnerships and projects established to draw upon the innovative minds in universities, government agencies, and the private sector. Attendance was very high, attracting interest from archival, records management, and information technology professionals and practitioners from around the world.

The two day conference featured panel presentations on topics such the release of NARA's Electronic Records Archives System, Standards and Policies for Trusted Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories: Lessons Learned, Partnerships in Research, Tools and Technologies, and DataNet: A Digital Preservation Network for the Future.

Videos for four sessions of the 2008 Partnerships in Innovation II conference help on October 7, 2008 are listed below. Further details regarding this conference are available on the conference website

Session 1: The ERA System: Architecture, Implementation, and Organizational Impact


Welcome to the National Archives and Records Administration

  • Prof. Allen Weinstein, The Archivist of the United States
  • Dr. C. Dan Mote, Jr., President of the University of Maryland


  • Dr. Michael J. Kurtz, Assistant Archivist for Record Services, NARA, and Adjunct Professor, iSchool, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Martha Morphy, Assistant Archivist for Information Services, NARA

Session 1 Description: A demonstration of NARA’s newly released Electronic Records Archives (ERA) System’s initial operating capabilities, and the impact of implementing a large and complex system on the agency’s business processes and stakeholder communities.

Chair: Kenneth Thibodeau, Director, ERA Program, NARA


  • Rick Rogers, President, Fenestra Technologies
  • David Kepley, ERA Transition Officer, NARA

Session 2: Standards and Policies for Trusted Digital Repositories


Description: Insights into standards and approaches underlying the ERA System and other trusted digital repositories to instill community and user confidence in digital repositories; how ERA was built to these standards; and how various agencies, organizations, and groups are encouraging widespread use of such policies and standards.

Chair: Bruce Ambacher, Visiting Professor, iSchool, University of Maryland, College Park


  • Don Sawyer, Senior Scientist, U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Mark Conrad, ERA Research Program, NARA
  • David Giaretta, IP Coordinator, Cultural, Artistic and Scientific knowledge for Preservation, Access and Retrieval (CASPAR) Project, Digital Curation Centre (DCC), Science and Technology Facilities Council, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, United Kingdom.

Session 3: Institutional Repositories: Lessons Learned


Description: Discussion of electronic records repositories such as DSPACE, Fedora, Portico, and the Federal Digital System.

Chair: Helen R. Tibbo, Professor, School of Information and Library Science(SILS), University or North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Scott Leonard, State Records Manager, Kansas City Historical Society (DSPACE)
  • Eliot Wilczek, University Records Manager, Tufts University (Fedora)
  • Evan Owens, Chief Technology Officer (Portico)

Session 4: Partnerships in Research


Description:An update of ERA research partners and current projects, highlighting NARA’s Transcontinental Persistent Archives Prototype (TPAP).

Chair:Robert Chadduck, Principal Technologist, ERA Research Programs, NARA


  • Reagan Moore, Director, Center for Data Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE), Renaissance Computing Institute and the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. ERA Research Project: Independent Rule Oriented Data System (iRODS)
  • Joseph JaJa, Professor, Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), University of Maryland, College Park. ERA Research Project: Producer-Archive Workflow Network (PAWN)
  • David Giaretta, See Session #2 above. Digital Curation Centre Research Project: CASPAR