World Digital Preservation Day

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About World Digital Preservation Day

World Digital Preservation Day is held on the first Thursday of every November. This year, on 7th November 2019, the digital preservation community will come together to celebrate their work - the collections they have preserved, the access they have maintained and the understanding they have fostered by preserving digital materials.

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?! 

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.

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Participation 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. World Digital Preservation Day is 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 showcase a wide range of experiences, activities, projects, collections and challenges.

Data creators, curators and consumers from around the world, DPC members and non-members alike, are invited to get involved and share stories of their own 'digital preservation day.'

Read more blogs from World Digital Preservation Day 2018,around the world:

Hanging on to what you've got - on Digital Preservation Day

Charles Miller, UK

Introducing the unique archive of Hilma Granqvist (Finnish)

Kira Pihlflyckt, Finnish Institute in the Middle East (FIME)

Reise in die Vergangenheit – Wie Emulationen frühe Arbeitsumgebungen wiederauferstehen lassen / Journey into the past - how emulations revive early work environments (German)

Beat Mattmann, University of Basel

Understanding long-term preservation – today and tomorrow

Fabian Till Schneider, ETH Zürich

Columbia Libraries Celebrates World Digital Preservation Day

Columbia Libraries, USA

Certificate Transparency

David Rosenthal, USA

Inside the Seas of Knowledge Digitization Project

Mattie Gainer, National Archives Foundation, USA

Digitizing Film Guide

by Carla Arton, Director of Technical Operations (Film), Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative, Indiana University 

A map of Digital Preservation Island – World Digital Preservation Day 2018

Merle Friedrich, TIB Germany

Digging in Digital Dust: Internet Archaeology at KB-NL in the Netherlands

Peter de Bode and Kees Teszelszky, IIPC and KB

Web archiving – what you need to know

Katie Lyne, National Records of Scotland


Alex Kinnaman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

Digital Preservation: How UM Libraries are Confronting the Challenges of Record Keeping in a Digital World

Natalie Vielfaure, University of Manitoba, Canada

Happy World Digital Preservation Day from New Zealand!

PRC Team, National Library of New Zealand

World Digital Preservation Day 2018

John Trendler, USA

La préservation numérique, un enjeu majeur pour les institutions de mémoire (French)

Martine Renaud, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

Archives Unleashed – Vancouver Datathon

Carl Cooper, Bodleian Libraries, UK

Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group

Shawn M. Jones, Old Dominion University, USA

Celebrating World Digital Preservation Day with the Rosetta Team

Daniel Greenberg, Ex Libris, Israel

How much is doing nothing really costing your organisation? Why digital preservation shouldn’t be ignored.

Paula Keogh, Arkivum, UK

World Digital Preservation Day 2018

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

Mae Moss, Archives and Special Collections Cataloguing Placement.

Mae Moss, University of the Arts London, UK

ADS Business Process Review

Julian Richards, Archeology Data Service, UK

Eight weeks with the OPF

Charlotte Armstrong, Open Preservation Foundation, UK

Community Cultivation, Revisited

Katherine Skinner, Educopia, USA

Humans of Data 28

Kirsty Morrison, The Kings Fund, UK

Humans of Data 28


Being trustworthy and FAIR requires people, processes, technologies and collaboration

Mari Kleemola, FSD, Finland

World Digital Preservation Day 2018

Rachel MacGregor, UK

Celebrating World Digital Preservation Day

Elisabeth Thurlow, University of the Arts London, UK

in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate

Tim Evans, Archaeology Data Service, UK

Library and Archives Canada’s journey of discovery: modernising our digital preservation infrastructure using Preservica

Sylvain Bélanger, Library and Archives Canada

Researchers about TiU Dataverse

Petra Ploeg, Tilburg University, Netherlands

Preservación digital, aquí y ahora (Spanish)

García González & M.J. Baños-Moreno, Odilo, Spain

World Digital Preservation Day 2018

Helena Byrne, British Library, UK

Archives and special collections in the digital age

Elisabeth Thurlow, University of the Arts London, UK

Dealing with computer viruses in digital collections

Evanthia Samaras, British Library, UK

Nieuwe publicatie over digitaal preserveren (Dutch)

Bart de Nil, Faro, Belgium

Kansallisarkisto tarjoaa ratkaisuja sähköiseen säilyttämiseen (Finnish) 

Markus Merenmies, National Archives of Finland

Digital photography – asking the right questions

Anne Hocking, State Library of New South Wales, Australia

PanDA – digital asset ingestion at scale

Pete Brotherton, State Library of New South Wales, Australia

A ragtag bunch of computer misfits

Leigh Rosin, National Library New Zealand

Archives digipres team and World Digital Preservation Day today!

Archives New Zealand

The history of you and me

Valerie Love, National Library of New Zealand

Digital Preservation in Practice

Teresa Soleau, Lorain Wang and Linta Kunnathuparambil, The Getty, USA

Queering up Kiwi history

Will Hansen, National Library of New Zealand

World Digital Preservation Day 2018 – Ein Rückblick (German)

Beat Mattmann, University of Basel

Read previous posts from 2017


Digital Preservation in the media on World Digital Preservation Day 2018

New York Times

World Digital Preservation Day And Other Storage News



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Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force


This gathering of the Web Archiving & Preservation Task Force (WAPTF) will provide an opportunity for delegates to discuss the web archiving and preservation topics important to their institutions, their collections, and their users. Hosted by Tate, the meeting will progress issues raised at the last meeting, such as the formation of sub-groups around specific areas of interest like social media.

About the WAPTF

The Task Force was first formed in 2010 in an effort to coordinate national web archiving programmes. In recent years, however, new developments in web archiving have emerged and many more organisations have turned their attention to their own institutional requirements for managing and archiving their web records and collections.

'Web Archives' span a wide range of content types and describe many different types of records – from official government web records to large Twitter datasets for research. The revived Task Force aims to provide a forum for members to address all the diverse issues that arise when archiving web content for different purposes, with different audiences in mind.

Aiming to hold 2 to 3 in-person General Meetings each year, the Task Force's agenda items will be flexible to the needs of the membership and reflect issues as they arise. It is expected that attending organisations – as well as the delegates from those organisations – will vary depending on the topics on the agenda. All meetings will be open to all DPC members, regardless of previous participation.

Please send suggested agenda items to sara[dot]thomson[at]dpconline[dot]org.


Who Should Come?

Delegates from any DPC member institution currently archiving web content or planning to archive web content. This might include:

  • Web archivists or curators with responsibility for selecting, managing, and preserving web content
  • Archivists or curators who include, or are looking to include, web content as part of collections
  • Records managers who include, or are looking to include, web content as part of corporate records
  • IT specialists or software developers building, or looking to build, support for the collection and preservation of web content
  • Librarians, research support and research data and information specialists who support researchers and institutions using web content and web-based data
  • Managers, directors, and policy-makers responsible for fulfilling institutional mandates and policies for preserving web content


Draft Programme

10.00 Registration, Tea & Coffee
10.30 Meeting Opens & Introduction by Chair, Sara Day Thomson (DPC)
10.40 Tate Welcome
10.50 Review of Previous Meeting, Chair
11.00 Open Floor to Agenda Items
11.15 Open Discussion Session 1: Small Group Breakout
12.15 Feedback to Big Group
12.45 Lunch
13.30 Activity TBA
14.30 Tate Show & Tell: Intermedia Art by Patricia Falcao and Sarah Haylett
15.00 Big Group Open Session (remaining items)
15.45 Actions & Next Steps
16.00 Close


How to register?

This event is free and open to all Full and Associate DPC Members. Each institution may register 2 delegates in the first instance. If seats are still available one week before the event, institutions may register an additional delegate. If you register and cannot make it, please let us know no later than Wednesday 10 July.

DPC Members please login to register.

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Preservation Action Registries Workshop


Jisc Log bigThe Preservation Action Registries project (http://parcore.org) is developing a common and consistent way to describe and execute preservation policies and actions at a technical level. An initial data model has been created which defines a human and machine-readable way of describing preservation actions and the associated business rules that together make up preservation policies.

Using a skill acquisition technique borrowed from the medical profession (See One, Do One, Teach One) this workshop will lead participants through a three-step process, intended to improve the participants' ability to develop and describe their own digital preservation policies. The workshop will help participants to better express and share preservation policies in a concise, comprehensive and unambiguous way.  

Participants will be introduced to the PAR project and data model, using examples of working preservation actions and business rules. In smaller groups, participants will be led through the process of describing a new preservation policy using the PAR data model. Finally, groups will present their work to the other groups.

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Advocating for Digital Preservation


Digital preservation relies on a wide range of skills and services, so practitioners and managers must coordinate a diverse set of skills, policies, tools and services from disparate sources within and outside their organisations. For some of these organisations, digital preservation is entirely new and the relevant resources will need to be assembled for the first time. Even established programs will face new challenges, and the range of tools and services required may constantly change. The ability to communicate the importance of digital preservation with other staff, departments, and organisations has, therefore, emerged as a key skill for our community. Plus, with the continuous changes in technology and staff, communication and advocacy must be an ongoing rather than a one-off activity to be successful.

In the early days of digital preservation, advocacy involved blunt statements about the social and economic impact of data loss and obsolescence. As solutions have emerged, our messages have had to become more subtle. Advocating for digital preservation has become increasingly about identifying stakeholders and helping them understand:

  • how their choices make digital collections more or less resilient; and
  • the benefits they will accrue from the active management of well-formed and accessible digital materials
  • the necessity of investment – whether time, money or other resources – and the extent to which it is required to achieve these benefits.

In an institutional setting this means understanding all the agents involved in a digital object lifecycle, helping them to prioritise and support those actions that make and keep collections robust, and discouraging those actions which put collections at risk. The DPC provides numerous tools to support internal advocacy including the new Executive Guide on Digital Preservation, the Digital Preservation Business Case Toolkit created as part of the SCAPE project, the 4C Curation Costs Exchange and a very substantial body of blog posts and reports.  There is no shortage of resources, but the need remains for digital preservation staff to be persistent and effective advocates for their work.

This one-day training workshop will help provide attendees with skills and ideas for identifying stakeholders and champions required to affect change, ways to showcase digital preservation as an indispensable service for their organisation and resources to help support their organisational advocacy activities.

The workshop will:

  • Identify common challenges when advocating for digital preservation
  • Align advocacy messages with organisational priorities
  • Demonstrate ways of identifying the value and relevance of digital preservation
  • Help attendees build their own tailor-made advocacy messages

Indicative Program

  • 10.30 - Welcome and Introductions 

  • 10.00 - Registration opens, tea and coffee

  • 10.40 - Identifying the challenge

  • 10:50 - Skills, tools and tips for advocating within your organisation 

  • 11:10 - EXERCISE: Identifying value and opportunities
  • 11:45 - Building on value and aligning with Strategic Plan
  • 12:00 - EXERCISE: Identifying organisational goals
  • 12:30 - Lunch
  • 13:30 - What’s worked: stories of success from DPC Members Natalie Harrower (DRI), Hugh Campbell (PRONI) and Joanna Finegan (National Library of Ireland)
  • 14:30 - Storytelling, elevator pitches and business cases
  • 14:50 - EXERCISE: Developing your elevator pitch (over tea and coffee)
  • 15:30 - Feedback and prizegiving for best pitch!
  • 16.00 - Close

Who should come?

This workshop will interest anyone responsible for the preservation of digital materials within their organisation.

How to register?


Registration is free for DPC and £275 for non-members: all are welcome. Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration will close at 12:00 GMT on 24 June 2019 and early booking is recommended as we expect this event will be popular. DPC Members should enter the promotional code 'DPCMEMBER' when prompted, to access their free place.

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration will close at 12:00 GMT on 24 June 2019. There is a limit of 1 place per Associate Member institution, and 5 places per Full Member institution and these will be available on a 'first come, first served' basis. Additional registrations will be accepted but will be placed on the wait list until registration closes a week before the event, at which time they will be distributed equally. If you have any questions about registration please contact Sarah Middleton (sarah.middleton[at]dpconline.org) or Sharon McMeekin (sharon.mcmeekin[at]dpconline.org).



DPC training days usually fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended. Cancellations will be accepted until 12:00 GMT on 24 June 2019, a 'no show' fee of £275 will be charged for those who cancel after this time.

Can't make it in person?

Parts of this event will be broadcast live on the day and recordings shared on the DPC website.

Follow the event on Twitter using #dpcadvocacy

DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy

The DPC Community is guided by the values set out in our Strategic Plan and aims to be respectful, welcoming, inclusive and transparent. It encourages diversity in all its forms and is committed to being accessible to everyone who wishes to engage with the topic of digital preservation. The DPC asks all those who are part of this community and/or attending a DPC event be positive, accepting, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of others in alignment with our DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy.

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Digital Preservation Futures: Community Forum 2019


The digital preservation community has many parts; those who create data, the curators who are charged with looking after our digital legacy, solution providers who support the preservation process and those who consume the digital information successfully and continuously preserved. These groups cannot operate independently and alone, each relies on the others to do their bit, to enable the sustained and immediate access to digital information we have all come to expect.

With data volumes only set to increase and with organizational budgets unlikely to follow suit, this community of individuals and organizations must come together to develop robust solutions to take us forward into the Digital Preservation Future.

An extension of the DPC Member’s ‘Connecting the Bits’ feedback process which will take place over the preceding months, this half-day event will provide a neutral forum to summarise the key challenges anticipated by members, before inviting speakers from our DPC Supporters to collaborate and develop new ideas.

In place of a traditional ‘trade fair,’ this event is designed to provide an opportunity for DPC Supporters to engage directly and meaningfully with DPC members, for the benefit of the whole community. 

In preparation...

In advance of the Digital Preservation Futures: Community Forum in Dublin, we'll be running a series of accompanying webinars from 14th - 23rd May. Featuring our DPC Supporters in turn, these webinars will showcase product and service offerings before the DPC's Paul Wheatley challenges each to respond on a series of themes which represent (his interpretation of) member concerns. Members may then pose their own questions on how Supporters would manage their concerns in a question and answer session.

DPC Members are encouraged to attend the webinar sessions as 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 offerings, in order to help members identify community needs.

Sign up for the webinars here

Community Forum: Outline Program

  • 13.00—Welcome and introductions (DPC)
  • 13.15 —The Digital Preservation Future: Summary of DPC member perspectives from Connecting the Bits process and introductory webinars
  • 13.45 —Panel Discussion: Technology, services and support - Supporters Horizon Scanning
  • 14.30 —Solutions workshop: What do we actually need?
  • 15.30 —Feedback and Community Discussion
  • 16.00—Close, discussion to continue over early evening drinks


Registration is free and for DPC Members and Supporters only. Please login to register for this event.

Can't make it?

We will be live streaming the introductory and panel sessions of this event, and recordings will be made available to DPC members after the event.

By registering for this event, attendees understand that it will be recorded and/or live streamed online, through external channels as well as the DPC website, and that their image and comments may be captured and shared as part of the event content. 

DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy

The DPC Community is guided by the values set out in our Strategic Plan and aims to be respectful, welcoming, inclusive and transparent. It encourages diversity in all its forms and is committed to being accessible to everyone who wishes to engage with the topic of digital preservation. The DPC asks all those who are part of this community and/or attending a DPC event be positive, accepting, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of others in alignment with our DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy.

Event header image used with permission of www.digitalbevaring.dk.


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Digital Preservationists Anonymous


Many times what we perceive as an error or failure is actually a gift. And eventually we find that lessons learned from that discouraging experience prove to be of great worth.

Richelle E. Goodrich

We all know that the most valuable learning is often made when trying things out in practice and sometimes making mistakes. Sharing that experience in a public forum is, unfortunately, not usually an option however. This event, seeks to provide a safe space to share, discuss and learn at the practical end of digital preservation.

Digital Preservationists Anonymous (DPA) will bring together DPC members (and only DPC members) to share the mistakes made, the pain suffered and the challenges encountered on our digital preservation journeys. We’ll discuss how to learn from those experiences and move forward. This will be a chance to reflect on things that have not gone as well as we liked, to consider the difficult challenges we’ve been attempting to solve, but more importantly it will also be an opportunity to take a positive approach to this work and to find ways to make progress by helping each other.

This event will have some ground rules. Unsurprisingly, the first rule is the Chatham House Rule. The second rule of Digital Preservationists Anonymous is that you must share with the group. All attendees are expected to deliver a 3 minute / 3 slide lightning talk to tell us about a challenge, set back or “failure”. The third rule is: the group will help. After hearing lightning talks from the attendees, we’ll discuss those issues, and work out how to learn from them and solve them.

Digital Preservation Anonymous is a new approach to facilitating knowledge exchange between DPC members, which emerged initially from discussions at Connecting the Bits – our annual members day – and was subsequently developed with help from our members. These events have been incredibly popular with our members since we first trialled them in 2017.

Key aims/benefits

  • It's an opportunity to share challenges, set backs, and frustrations but realise that you are not alone
  • We will benefit from understanding and learning from the experiences of others
  • We'll actively work together to find a way forward with our shared problems

House rules

  • Chatham House Rule. What happens at DPA, stays at the DPA.
  • Everyone must participate and must bring along some "pain" to share with the group! Every attendee will be expected to deliver a 3 minute lightning talk.
  • Be positive: focus on how we can move things forward

Outline for the session

  • Introduction to Digital Preservation Anonymous
  • Lightning talks from attendees
  • Group discussion
  • Wrap up:
    • What challenges did we miss? Discuss them briefly.
    • What are the main take-aways for participants?
    • Are there important issues for DPC to take away and address?
    • How did the event go as a whole? Gauge appetite for more. What can we improve for next time?


Registration is free and open to DPC Members only. Spaces are incredibly limited (max 10) so please register soon to hold your seat. If you have any questions about registration please contact Paul Wheatley (paul.wheatley[at]dpconline.org).

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Digital preservation in a nuclear context - the first six months

Jenny Mitcham

Jenny Mitcham

Last updated on 14 June 2019

Last month I celebrated my 6 month work anniversary at the DPC. Happily, this coincided with our first DPC York team night out. Did it really take 6 months to get the 3 of us out for a drink after work? Apparently yes!

My first 6 months at the DPC really has flown by. I haven’t been blogging as much as I expected, but that is largely down to the fact I’ve been keeping my head down, travelling lots and working hard on the project I was recruited for - a collaboration with the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

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Vacancy for Head of Digital Services at the University of Cambridge

11 July 2019

Cambridge, UK

£54,765 - £58,089 p/a


DPC joins new project on open access publishing

Added on 14 June 2019

The DPC is partnering in a new project funded by Research England which has been set to help universities, researchers, libraries and publishers to make more, and better, use of open access book publishing. It will enable greater access to world-leading research and increase its impact.

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Vacancy for Digital Asset Manager at Historic England

7 July 2019

Swindon, UK

£33,000 - £36,000 p/a + benefits

Fixed Term

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