NDSR Art: Now accepting host applications

NDSR Art seeks partner institutions across the U.S. for the 2018-19 cohort.

National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) Art is able to offer a salary and professional development stipend for a full-time digital stewardship resident to four institutions for twelve-months. Applications  will be accepted via email until September 29, 2017. Since participation requires a high-level of institutional commitment, those who are considering applying should begin conversations with colleagues now.

Host applicants are responsible for submitting a digital stewardship project proposal. Of particular interest are innovative projects with results that can have broad impact and be shared with professional societies.

Projects should address art information digital stewardship issues such as:

  • planning for long-term sustainable access to digital assets, including
    • born digital works of art and time-based media,
    • electronic publications,
    • interpretive technologies and apps,
    • in-house produced audio-visual materials
  • reformatting, migration, and/or emulation of complex digital objects,
  • design and planning for content management and metadata systems,
  • addressing institutional readiness and assessment of digital preservation planning, and
  • policy issues, including
    • intellectual property,
    • copyright,
    • access and use, and
    • accessibility.

For detailed information about the program and application process see:

If you have questions or want to discuss your NDSR Art project proposal, please email ndsr@philamuseum.org.

Program Background

NDSR Art is a residency program that helps art and cultural institutions tackle issues of digital stewardship. It is an iteration of the NDSR program that began in 2013, with a pilot project developed by the Library of Congress in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The NDSR program was developed to bridge the gap between existing, well developed classroom education and the need for more direct professional experience in the field. The program serves several different populations: students interested in the field of digital stewardship, partnering institutions, and the broader cultural heritage community. The mission of the NDSR program is to build a dedicated community of professionals who will advance our nation’s capabilities in managing, preserving, and making accessible the digital record of human achievement.

NDSR Art adapts and expands the NDSR model by addressing issues of digital preservation and stewardship in relation to the arts, with a particular focus on new media and arts information. The program will support two nationally dispersed cohorts– each consisting of four recent postgraduates placed in host institutions for twelve-month residencies. The first cohort begins late July 2017.

NDSR Art is a partnership of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and ARLIS/NA, made possible with generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For additional information, visit the NDSR Art website at http://ndsr-pma.arlisna.org or contact:

Karina Wratschko, NDSR Art Program Manager
Digital Initiatives Librarian
Philadelphia Museum of Art