Save the date for this World Digital Preservation Day, 5th November 2020, and join individuals and institutions from across the globe in a celebration of digital preservation!


With the theme ‘Digits: for Good,’ World Digital Preservation Day 2020 is an opportunity to connect the digital preservation community and celebrate the positive impact digital preservation has had in a year which has seen a sudden and global reliance on digital information and infrastructure. 


‘This year, more than others, World Digital Preservation Day is an opportunity to really showcase the critical work of our community, and how the impact of that work will be felt for good – or at least for as long as required,’ explains Sarah Middleton, DPC Head of Advocacy and Community Engagement.


‘’Digits: for Good’ refers to the hard work, resilience, and responsiveness of our colleagues which will enable research and development data used in finding a vaccine for COVID-19 to be preserved, shared and studied; it represents the fact that decision making in the management of the pandemic will be captured for future generations; and it describes the support which will be available to organisations around the world as they work to sustain themselves through this unprecedented time. It also goes beyond the pandemic, to all of the exciting and essential digital preservation work taking place right now!’


Open to participation from anyone interested in securing our digital legacy - across all sectors and geographic locations - data creators, curators, and consumers from around the world are invited to share their own ‘Digits: for Good’ stories through blog posts, social media posts, events and creative activities. 


An exciting addition to the World Digital Preservation Day program will see the culmination of the Digital Preservation Awards, with presentations in six categories covering all areas of digital preservation. The “Bit List” of Digitally Endangered Species will also make a return with an updated edition containing the latest information on at-risk digital materials included in the 2019 major revision.


World Digital Preservation Day is just one of the ways the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) helps to raise awareness of the strategic, cultural, and technological issues which make up the digital preservation challenge.  The DPC also supports members through other advocacy activities, workforce development, capacity-building, and partnership; helping members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services and derive enduring value from their digital collections. 


A detailed program and more information about World Digital Preservation Day will be issued over the coming months. For all the latest updates, visit the World Digital Preservation Day page on the DPC website, follow the hashtag #WDPD2020 on social media or contact [log in to unmask] for more details.


*Apologies for cross-posting*


Sarah Middleton

Head of Communications and Advocacy

Digital Preservation Coalition

37 Tanner Row, York, YO1 6WP


Tel: 01904 601952

Email: [log in to unmask]

Twitter: @Sarah_DPC


‘In a crisis the duty to document is not diminished: on the contrary it becomes more essential.’

Joint statement on record keeping and preservation in the light of COVID19


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