Become a Host

The host application period for 2018-2019 will open in summer 2017.

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
  • Joining a collaborative, national network of NDSR host institutions.

Application Timeline

The 2017/18 host application period is closed. Please see below to prepare for the 2018-2019 application period.


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 and 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. Sample successful project proposals are available on NDSR DC’s Host Proposals page or NDSR NY’s Information for Hosts page.

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.

Intent to Apply Form

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 or 215.684.7656.


NDSR Art is presented by

Philadelphia Museum of Art