One month left to apply as a NDSR Art host! NDSR Art host applications are due October 31st.

The National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) Art is a collaboration between the Philadelphia Museum of Art and ARLIS/NA through generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The NDSR Art program works to build a dedicated community of art information professionals who will advance our nation’s capabilities in managing, preserving, and making accessible for future generations our art-based digital cultural heritage. Building on previous NDSR cohort models, NDSR Art will enable eight institutions from across the country to employ recent graduates to work on art and cultural heritage digital stewardship projects. Four institutions will be selected for the 2017-2018 residency year (August 2017 to July 2018).

Since this is a nationally dispersed residency program, NDSR Art requires host institutions to hire residents. Begin the conversation about hiring a resident with your HR department today and/or fill out the ‘Intent to Apply’ form here: http://ndsr-pma.arlisna.org/info-for-hosts/.

Host Institution Benefits

  • Contributions from a highly skilled and motivated residents selected from a national pool of applicants
  • Compensation for the salary of the NDSR Art resident
  • Final project deliverables, as designed by the host institution in their project proposal
  • Access to continuing education and professional development for staff
  • The opportunity to help create and refine digital stewardship practices
  • Inclusion in a collaborative, national network of NDSR host institutions.


Participation in NDSR Art requires a high-level of institutional engagement, which is why applicants must send a letter of commitment from the institution’s director in their application. Host institutions are expected to hire their resident for one year and assign one full-time staff member to act as the resident’s institutional mentor. The institutional mentor should be able to dedicate a percentage of their time to the project and is expected to join their resident at the week-long training session in Philadelphia. Host institutions must designate a workstation, provide project resources, and incorporate the resident into the entire institutional culture.

Project Proposals

Host applicants should identify projects that are challenging, deeply steeped in some aspect of the digital preservation lifecycle, promote innovation in the field, and provide leadership opportunities for both the resident and their institutional mentors. NDSR Art projects should focus on one or several aspects of art information digital stewardship, 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.

Apply Now – http://ndsr-pma.arlisna.org/info-for-hosts/hostapplication/

Host applications are due Monday, October 31st. For details about the application process, host requirements, project proposals, and program structure, go to http://ndsr-pma.arlisna.org/info-for-hosts/how-to-apply/.

Additional Information

Visit the NDSR Art website (http://ndsr-pma.arlisna.org/) or view NDSR Art webinars on the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal (https://www.pathlms.com/arlisna/events/614).

NDSR Art program staff are available to answer questions, give feedback on project ideas, and help with applications. Please direct all inquiries to Karina Wratschko, NDSR Art Project Manager, at karina.wratschko@philamuseum.org or 215.684.7656.

Karina Wratschko, Project Manager
Special Projects Librarian
Philadelphia Museum of Art

NDSR Art program staff will host a webinar on October 19th Wednesdays at 3pm (EDT) to answer questions about the host application process and NDSR Art program. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7688403603439035394  or ask questions with the hashtag #NDSRArt.




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