4 November 2021 | 00:00 - 24:00 Worldwide

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About World Digital Preservation Day

World Digital Preservation Day (WDPD) is held on the first Thursday of every November. This year we celebrate all things digital preservation on 4th November 2020!

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.

In 2020 the theme 'Digits: for Good' referred 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 #WDPD20209.

          See WDPD2020 pictures on

        • VIDEOS

          Give and stream 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!

          Get prepared with the WDPD2020
          event pack
          visit the events page to see what's on.

        • RESOURCES

          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.

          See all WDPD2020 logos

        • SOCIAL MEDIA

          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.

WDPD2020 blog posts from around the world


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