Published 08/08/17

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The National Digital Stewardship Residency program for art information (NDSR Art) seeks partner institutions across the U.S. for its 2018-19 cohort. Thanks to generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), NDSR Art is able to offer a one year salary and professional development stipend for a full-time digital stewardship resident to be embedded at four institutions.

Host applicants are responsible for submitting a digital stewardship project proposal. 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:

Deadline for Proposals: September 29, 2017

Want to learn more? Join the webinar, August 18, 2017, 1:00 p.m. EST. Potential applicants can also learn more by viewing our webinar series available here. To register for the webinar, go to:

If you have questions or want to discuss your NDSR Art project proposal, please contact Karina Wratschko, NDSR Art Program Manager, at (215) 684-7656 or 

Program Background

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.

A residency program that helps art and cultural institutions tackle issues of digital stewardship, NDSR Art 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. 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 supports two nationally dispersed cohorts–each consisting of four recent postgraduates placed in host institutions for twelve-month residencies. The first cohort began in July 2017.