Added on 1 September 2017


The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is inviting nominations to a new a global list of the most ‘at risk’ Digitally Endangered Species. The list will be reviewed by an international panel of DPC members and will be published as its contribution to the first International Digital Preservation Day (IDPD17) on 30th November 2017.

Like the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM, the DPC’s 'Bit List' of Digitally Endangered Species will highlight the need for action to preserve high-value digital content that is critically endangered, whilst celebrating the great progress the digital preservation community has made to ensure our generation’s digital memory is accessible tomorrow.

DPC members and members of the digital preservation community around the world are invited to add their nominations to the list. Examples might include content which has no obvious long-term home (such as the digital archives of community groups), different digital formats (for example: websites running Flash as the plugin becomes obsolete), or content where the value is recognized but the efforts to preserve have been incomplete (such as scientific e-journals).  Nominations might combine all of these themes, such as personal social media content as there is still so little in place to capture the volume, complexity and context of this information. Nominators will also be asked to ascribe a risk ‘level’ to the digital material and think about the significance and impact of its loss.

“Digital materials, and the opportunities they create, are fragile,” explains Executive Director of the DPC William Kilbride, “and the lifecycles of technology are typically quite short.  The good news is that the digital preservation community has an impressive track record of providing the sorts of tools and service which will protect many digital species from extinction.  But these simple steps are not well known.  By drawing attention to the risks that digital assets face, we want to draw attention to the simple and sensible steps that we can take to securing them”

Once the nominations have been collected and collated, an international panel of digital preservation experts will evaluate the entries, before arriving at their final list which will be published in conjunction with IDPD17 on 30th November.

Organized by the DPC and supported by digital preservation networks around the world, IDPD17 is open to participation across all sectors, from anyone interested in securing our digital legacy. 

IDPD17 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. In addition to the publication of the DPC’s ‘Digitally Endangered Species,’ data creators, curators and consumers from around the world will be invited to showcase their own ‘Digital Preservation Day’ through blog posts on the DPC website, as well as tweets and instagrams using the hashtag #IDPD17. 

This activity is just one of the ways the Coalition raises 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 International Digital Preservation Day will be issued over the coming months.

Make your nomination for the DPC’s Digitally Endangered Species by Saturday 30th September

Join the twitter conversation about the Digitally Endangered Species list using the hashtag #bitlist

To get involved in other International Digital Preservation Day activities:


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