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Bit List 2023: If digital preservation is possible then data loss is a choice

William Kilbride is Executive Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition Digits are born vulnerable. Every single byte of data depends on a global infrastructure of technology, process and people for its meaning and purpose to be realized. Much data serves the moment: it is quickly forgotten in a continuous flow of process and interaction. Other data serve lengthier purposes, as evidence and outputs of transactions that have significant impacts and long duration, longer than the...

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Celebrating WDPD2023 at the Nelson Mandela Foundation

This video was sent to us by Zandile Myeka, Metadata and Photographs Archivist at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, in celebration of World Digital Preservation Day 2023.

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Joining Efforts, a Sure Bet in Digital Preservation

Antonio Guillermo Martinez is the Founder and Head of Product at LIBNOVA.  Este blog está disponible en español a continuación:  One more year we join the Digital Preservation Coalition's initiative to celebrate the World Digital Preservation Day. This year the central theme to reflect on is "Digital Preservation: A Concerted Effort". At LIBNOVA we firmly believe that a successful digital preservation project is the result of a joint effort between the institution and the...

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The Digital Preservation community celebrates a ‘Concerted Effort’ this World Digital Preservation Day!

2nd November marks World Digital Preservation Day 2023 (WDPD2023)!   With the theme Digital Preservation: A Concerted Effort, WDPD2023 connects the digital preservation community today while we celebrate the positive impact digital preservation has had in another year where digital information and infrastructure have been so instrumental in supporting all parts of our global society. 

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Digital preservation in interesting times

Mark Schroeder is a solution architect in Iron Mountain's Digital Business Unit We are living in most interesting times… (Joseph Chamberlain, 1898) When the collapse of the Soviet Bloc precipitated the breakdown of the German Democratic republic in 1989, the East German Secret Service (Ministerium für Staatsicherheit - Stasi), found themselves holding extensive archives of records. In the forty years of its existence, 91,000 employees of the Stasi and up to 180,000 informants had...

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The Risk of Entering a Digital Dark Age

This blog was written by Linda Shave for the Records and Information Management Practitioners Alliance (RIMPA) Australia like many countries around the world is struggling with the rise of a data rich metaverse world, the rise of Quantum information processing and navigating the pitfalls of disinformation, misinformation and malinformation.  Traditional approaches for identifying digital archives for digital preservation are not necessarily agile in today’s world. ...

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Strike up the Band: World Digital Preservation Day 2023

William Kilbride is Executive Director at the Digital Preservation Coalition World Digital Preservation Day takes a musical turn this year. Recognizing the many roles and skills which are required to preserve digital materials, our theme is ‘A Concerted Effort’.  It’s a wonderful metaphor which invites all manner of variations: we will be striking chords, keeping the beat and mostly all singing the same tunes. We will be hitting high notes, developing themes, and calling for all...

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Participate in World Digital Preservation Day 2023!

The biggest celebration of the year is just one month away today: World Digital Preservation Day (#WDPD2023) will take place on Thursday 2nd November!  The DPC invites all data creators, archivists, curators, community members and digipres folk from around the world to celebrate digital preservation by participating in a whole day dedicated to all of the benefits and opportunities enabled by the hard work of our dynamic and collaborative community.

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Take-aways from NEDCC Digital Directions 2023: Inclusive online training for anyone working with digital collections

Angélique Bonamy is Associate Archivist, Sound & Film, at the National Railway Museum, Science Museum Group. She attended the NEDCC Digital Directions 2023 Conference with support from the DPC Career Development Fund, which is funded by DPC Supporters. In June I attended the NEDCC’s Digital Directions online training conference thanks to a Career Development Fund grant from the DPC. I am a film and sound archivist working in a group of museums with a wide range of collections. My...

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Celebrating 20 DPC members in Australasia and Asia-Pacific!

Robin Wright is Head of Australasia and Asia-Pacific for the Digital Preservation Coalition In January 2018 the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) embarked on a new strategic plan to prepare the transition to a truly global foundation. That ambition was elaborated on in June 2019 when the DPC’s mission was formally expanded to include the following goal statement: To enhance our members’ experience and the capacity of the digital preservation community around the world through the...

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World Digital Preservation Day stickers now available to order!

Update: Due to an overwhelming response, we've temporarily closed the possibility to order stickers. Please check the other possibilities to participate in World Digital Preservation Day 2023 on https://www.dpconline.org/events/world-digital-preservation-day!  

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Invitation to join our Python Study Group Launch & Information Session

Are you passionate about coding in Python, teaching others and supporting the digital preservation community? Or would you like to improve your coding skills and learn how to use Python for your digital preservation work? 

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Webinar on Immersive Media Preservation with Sound and Vision

As part of the research program of Sound & Vision on Immersive Media, Lieve Baetens has conducted research placement on strategies for the selection and preservation of Immersive Media in Cultural Heritage Institutions. You are all invited to join the free webinar organized by Sound & Vision on Tuesday 26 september (10:00 - 11:30 CEST) on Immersive Media Preservation.

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Choosing a Persistent Identifier Type for Your Digital Objects: New Technology Watch Guidance Note now available on general release

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has made the next in its series of Technology Watch Guidance Notes, Choosing a Persistent Identifier Type for Your Digital Objects by Remco van Veenendaal of the National Archives of the Netherlands, available on general release today. 

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Call for Applicants: DPC Grant for ASA 2023 National Conference in Melbourne

The DPC is pleased to offer a Career Development Fund grant for the hybrid 2023 Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) Rising to our Challenges Conference, taking place 4 - 7 September in Melbourne, Australia. This grant will cover 100% of conference registration as well as provide a contribution towards travel for those attending in person. Applications are welcomed from DPC members until the grant application deadline of 7:00 UTC on 30th May.

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FDO2022 Conference – human and social factors in data and metadata management

Louise Preston is a Project Officer at the National Archives of Australia. She attended FDO2022 with support from the DPC Career Development Fund, which is funded by DPC Supporters. Writing systems developed in Mesopotamia and other ancient societies to manage information because human memory simply could not store all information. It was a new and specialised field that began with only partial script. As writing and recording became more complex, the amount of information stored...

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Managing Digital Archives online learning course from ICA

ICA’s “Managing Digital Archives” online learning course is unique in the depth and breadth of content and in its accessibility and affordability to archivists, records managers and affiliated professionals around the world. It is learner-paced training which provides a thorough grounding in the management of archives in digital formats. By the time learners have completed the course they will have gained the understanding and knowledge they need to set up and/or run their own digital archives...

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PRONOM Technical Registry

PRONOM is a file format registry which collects key data about file formats that can be used for the purposes of identification and reference, in support of preservation planning activities for digital records. The registry, first conceived in 2002, was made publicly available in 2005. As the UK government’s official archive, it is the responsibility of The National Archives (UK) to collect, preserve and make available the public records of the UK government. PRONOM was created when the need...

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Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI): Supporting Collaboration, Cooperation and Community Building for Digital Preservation

For almost 15 years, the Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) has been a model for collaboration, cooperation and community building in the multifaceted and maturing digital preservation landscape. What first started in 2007 as an idea to bring together emerging scanning and digitization expertise from US federal agencies has evolved into a global model for knowledge and resource sharing that not only services the cultural heritage community but also...

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EPISODE 7: Digital Preservation Futures with Artefactual

When: Thursday 19 May 2022, 16:30 - 17:30 UTC+1 (click for local times) Where: Zoom This series of webinars will showcase the product and service offerings of each of our DPC Supporters in turn in response to a current theme which reflects member interests.  DPC Supporter products and services form an important part of how we address the digital preservation challenge. This series aims to present - in the context of member concerns - a portion of the digital preservation marketplace...

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