Maintainers III: Practice, Policy and Care

Washington, D.C. October 6-9, 2019

Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University

The third in a series of conferences that celebrates and unpacks the concepts of maintenance, infrastructure, repair, and the myriad forms of labor and expertise that sustain our human-built world.

Maintainers III Goals

Bring together practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, and activists who have deep engagements with maintenance
Develop and sustain communities of practice in specialized areas
Contribute to a broad public movement around the importance of maintenance and maintainers in modern life.

Key Dates

20 March 2019 — Save-the-Date and Call for Proposals announced
13 May 2019 — Deadline for all proposal submissions
24 June 2019 — Proposal acceptance notifications sent
24 June 2019 — Conference registration opens
13 September 2019 — Early bird registration deadline
6-9th October 2019 — Maintainers III: Practice, Policy, and Care

Planning Committee

MIII programming, logistics, fundraising and overall conference experience are lead by a group of fellow maintainers. Meet the members of the MIII Planning Committee.

Maintenance Tracks

Transportation Maintenance: The Transportation track will push an intellectual and policy agenda for improvement of transportation infrastructures. We are interested in the perspectives of scholars, workers, practitioners, policy-makers, activists, enthusiasts, and those who straddle the boundaries among any of these categories. We aim to include all transportation modes, from private car usage to air transportation to public transit and non-motorized modes. We are particularly interested in proposals about the economic burden of transportation, and the inequality of this burden; sustainability and environmental debates including degradation and recycling of transportation infrastructures; and access to transportation, including questions of interactions between transit and the built environment and exclusion of marginalized groups, including disabled people.

Software Maintenance: Software is a critical element of our information infrastructure, and maintainers ensure it is reliable and secure. However, we currently lack the tools, business models, and cultural forms of recognition that are needed to sustain the work of software maintainers. This track is a space for maintainers to connect, share experiences, and explore sustainable community, governance practices, and business models.

Information Maintenance: The information track examines reformatting, repair, mending, migration, stabilization, preservation, teaching and storytelling. All of these activities enable the storage, transmission, discovery, use/reuse and reception of information in service of sense-making. We take a broad view of both maintenance and information, and are interested in the perspectives of practitioners as well as theorists of information maintenance. We encourage proposal submissions from librarians, archivists, and records managers; information architects and knowledge managers; people working in information research and policy; UX/UI designers; oral historians and storytellers; and scholars and educators who address the conference themes of practice, policy and care.

General Maintenance: This track carries the spirit of the first two Maintainers conferences, which were open to any topics. In this track we are eager to feature collaborations across sectors and industries; initiatives that apply insights from research toward practical problems; practices that revise or update theoretical understandings; reflections from the personal experiences of maintainers; and discussions about maintainers in the workforce—those people who do foundational work for our society, yet are not recognized with adequate pay or social status. Preference will be given to proposals that highlight their contributions to the conference themes of practice, policy, and care.


Contact Andy Russell (andy[at]themaintainers[dot]org), Lee Vinsel (lee[at]themaintainers[dot]org), or Jessica Meyerson (jmeyerson[at]themaintainers[dot]org).


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