30 November 2017 | 00:00 - 24:00 Worldwide

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About International Digital Preservation Day

International Digital Preservation Day is held on the last Thursday of every November. This year, the first ever International Digital Preservation Day on 30th November 2017 will draw together individuals and institutions from across the world to celebrate the collections preserved, the access maintained and the understanding fostered by preserving digital materials.

The aim of the day is to create greater awareness of digital preservation that will translate into a wider understanding which permeates all aspects of society – business, policy making, personal good practice. Pervasive, changing and ubiquitous, digital technologies are a defining feature of our age. Digital materials are a core commodity for industry, commerce and government. They are fundamental for research, the law and medicine. The creative industries, cultural heritage and the media depend on reliable access to digital materials while families and friends extend and sustain their relationships through digital interactions. What better reason to celebrate the opportunities created by digital preservation.


Join in

Organised by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and supported by digital preservation networks around the world, International Digital Preservation Day is open to participation from anyone interested in securing our digital legacy. We want International Digital Preservation Day to provide a window into the daily activities of those involved with or contemplating digital preservation. And, in order to create a full a picture as possible, we would like to showcase a wide range of experiences, activities, projects, collections and challenges. Data creators, curators and consumers from around the world are invited to get involved and share stories of their own 'digital preservation day.'


  • BLOG

    Share your digital preservation story with us on International Digital Preservation Day. If you are a member, you can post directly to the DPC blog on the day (please register first). Members please login for step-by-step details of how to blog.

    If you have your own blog, you can post your piece there and send us a link to it and we’ll add it to the IDPD17 page, or send your post in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 10th November, and we’ll add it to the DPC blog for you.


    Take a picture that sums up your digital preservation day and share it with us using the hashtag #IDPD17, or send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll add it to the DPC Instagram roll.


    Record an inspirational conference session or seminar, capture a workflow from your desktop, or narrate a PowerPoint presentation on digital preservation and share with us using the hashtag #IDPD17.


    Digital preservation themed events, webinars, seminars, launches and informal gatherings will be taking place around the world on 30th November. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 10th November with details of your IDPD17 event to list it on the DPC website, and promote it using the #IDPD17 hashtag and logo.

    See listing below.


    The DPC's own contribution to International Digital Preservation Day is the 'Bit List' of Digitally Endangered Species. By compiling this list, the DPC aims to celebrate great digital preservation endeavors as entries make their way up the list becoming less of a ‘concern,’ whilst still highlighting the need for efforts to safeguard those still considered ‘critically endangered.’

    Entries are now closed, and the 'Bit List' will be published on 30th November.

  • LOGO

    Use the IDPD17 logo on all your related emails and communications.

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    Use social media to share your ‘digital preservation day.’ Can you convince your organization to let you take over the corporate account for the day to talk about digital preservation?

    Remember to use the hashtag #IDPD17.

  • NEWS

    Read the latest International Digital Preservation Day news on the DPC website.


    International Digital Preservation Day is supported by specialist networks around the world including: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Netherlands Coalition for Digital Preservation (NCDD), nestor and Open Preservation Foundation (OPF).


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What's on*

Email sarah.middleton@dpconline.org by Friday 10th November with details of your IDPD17 event to list it here:

*Listing details subject to change

Wheat and chaff: e-mail archiving now and in the future

30 November 2017 | 10:00 - 12:30 (CET)

The Hague, Netherlands | Ministry for Education, Culture and Science

IDPD Event

Aye Preserve - Digital Preservation in the West of Scotland

30 November 2017 | 09:30 - 13:30 (GMT)

Glasgow | The Talklab, 306, University of Glasgow Library, Hillhead Street, Glasgow, G12 8QE

IDPD Event

RecordDNA developing a research agenda for the future digital evidence base...

30 November 2017 | 11:00 – 13:00 (GMT)

London | Westminster Hall - UK Parliament

IDPD Event

Digital DNA: significant properties of objects

30 November 2017 | 13:30 - 17:00 (CET)

The Hague, Netherlands | Ministry for Education, Culture and Science

IDPD Event

Launch of the Bedern Declaration

30 November 2017 | 14:00 - 16:00 (GMT)

York | Tanner Row

IDPD Event

Latest Blog

5 ways to share your International Digital Preservation Day

Sarah Middleton

Sarah Middleton

Last updated on 26 September 2017

There are two months until our very first International Digital Preservation Day (IDPD17), and already there’s a fantastic buzz about it. People have been tweeting and emailing me since we first announced it, asking for ideas for things they could do to join in the celebrations, the fun, the party!

My favourite suggestion yet has been someone contemplating dressing up as a floppy disk at work for the day – please don’t let me stop you.

What’s great is, even aside from the dressing up, there are LOADS of ways to get involved. Whether you’re a tweeter, facebooker, instagrammer, blogger, vlogger, filmmaker extraordinaire…or you just like a good old-fashioned face to face chat with a bunch of likeminded folk, you can do any or all of those things.

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