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Digits: For Good


About World Digital Preservation Day

World Digital Preservation Day (WDPD) is held on the first Thursday of every November. This year we will celebrate all things digital preservation on 5th November 2020!

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, for good – or at least for as long as required. 

This year especially '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!

The aim of World Digital Preservation 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.

WDPD Illustration

Participate in World Digital Preservation Day

Organised by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and supported by digital preservation networks across the globe, World Digital Preservation Day is open to participation from anyone interested in securing our digital legacy - across all sectors and geographic locations, DPC Members and non-Members alike.

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.  

      • BLOG

        Share your 'Digits: For Good' story with us on World Digital Preservation Day. If you have your own blog platform, post your piece there and send us a link to it; we’ll add it to the WDPD page! If you are a DPC Member or Supporter, post directly to the DPC blog.

        Go to DPC blog

      • PICTURES

        Show us what a 'digital preservation day' looks like for you by sharing your photos! See what others shared on social media using the hashtag #WDPD2019

        See WDPD2019 pictures on

      • VIDEOS

        Giving a WDPD talk/seminar/lecture? 
        Or, create a song and a dance about digital preservation! (literally). 

        Follow DPC and #WDPD2020 on YouTube.

      • EVENTS

        Organise an online seminar, webinar, live stream, watching party, hackathon or gamesroom. Keep your eye on the ‘What’s On’ section of the WDPD page of the website (coming soon) to see who else is celebrating and how to get involved! 

        WDPD2020 event pack coming soon.

        Visit the events page


        The DPC published a new edition of the 'Bit List' of Digitally Endangered Species for World Digital Preservation Day 2019. Watch out for a revision in 2020...

        Check out the BitList

      • LOGO

        The World Digital Preservation Day logo is available in languages from around the world. Download in your language and add it to related emails, communications and event publicity.   

        WDPD2020 logos coming soon.


        Take photos, make videos, share your 'Digits: For Good' stories and your own 'digital preservation day,' using the social media platform of your choice. 

        Follow #WDPD2020

      • NEWS

        Read our World Digital Preservation Day news stories on the DPC website.

        Go to news pages

      • SUPPORT

        World Digital Preservation Day is supported by specialist networks around the world including:
        Dutch Digital Heritage Network, 
        Open Preservation Foundation.



Blog posts and news from around the globe on World Digital Preservation Day 2019, more to come in 2020!

Saving art from obsolescence

Art Gallery NSW (Australia)

How to bulk rip lots of vinyl (and not go crazy)

James (DJ) Kippax (UK)

Celebrating World Digital Preservation Day

Jenny Mitcham, DPC (UK)

The International Council on Archives celebrates World Digital Preservation Day!

International Council on Archives

3rd World Digital Preservation Day [Greek]

Panagiotis Papageorgiou, University of Portsmouth (UK) 

JPEG Got the Blues

Alix Bruys, Bertrand Caron, Yannick Grandcolas and Thomas Ledoux from the National Library of France (BnF)

Preserving emails. How hard can it be?

Jim Costin, Bridging the Digital Gap Trainee, University of York (UK)

Web archiving helps record our history

Teresa Wong, The Getty (USA)

World Digital Preservation Day: ELDP Legacy Materials

Francesca Brown, SOAS / Endangered Languages Archive (UK)

World Digital Preservation Day 2019

Clair Waller, University of Kent (UK)

Decoding Analog Line-21/608: A Primer

Denis Warburton, Art & Technic LLC

World Digital Preservation Day

West Yorkshire Archive Service (UK)

World Digital Preservation Day 2019: the ‘Bit List’ vs Archaeological Data

Olivia Foster, Archaeology Data Service (UK)

Pain free Preservation

Paul Stokes, Jisc (UK)

Piloting institutional digital preservation

Sean Rippington, Federica Fina and Anna Clements, University of St. Andrews (UK)

Happy World Digital Preservation Day! [German]

Sascha Lankers, RWTH Aachen University (Germany)

Celebrating World Digital Preservation Day

Industry Documents Library at the University of California, San Francisco (USA)

Web Archiving & Web Continuity

Barbara Fuentes, National Records of Scotland (UK)

World Digital Preservation Day guest blog: managing the “digital deluge” at the National Library of Australia

Terence Ingram, National Library of Australia for the Preservica Blog

Talking obsolescence in Oban: 2019 Community Archive Workshop Tour of Scotland

Garth Stewart, National Records of Scotland (UK)

Long-term preservation of digital photographs

Matthew Burgess, State Library of NSW (Australia)

Preserving your digital content – World Digital Preservation Day 2019

University of Nottingham (UK)

Digital Preservation Lab

Matthew Burgess, State Library of NSW (Australia)

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year …

Brain Lavoie, OCLC (USA)

World Digital Preservation Day [Bahasa Malaysian]

Ahmad Faizar, Universiti Teknologi MARA (Malaysia)

World Digital Preservation Day 2019

Jaana Pinnick, British Geological Survey (UK)

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