iPres 2022

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) will be your hosts when the iPres conference comes to Glasgow in 2022!

This is a place holder until we launch the official conference website when we get closer to the date. There you'll be able to find a world-class program on the state of the art in digital preservation, as well as information about our plans to share twentieth anniversary celebrations and the Digital Preservation Awards with the iPres community! 

“We’re already looking forward to welcoming the digital preservation community to Glasgow”, says Executive Director of the DPC, William Kilbride. “Although Scotland has a significant and active digital preservation community, and although a great many research and development projects have been based here, iPres has never before come to Scotland. Glasgow has such a great deal to offer, and we are excited to share it with existing and new friends in digital preservation.”

We look forward to seeing you then!

 Event header image used with permission of Glasgow Convention Bureau

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Environmentally sustainable digital preservation - moving from theory to practice

In April 2020 we held a webinar on ‘Enacting Environmentally Sustainable Preservation’ (DPC Members login to access the recording). In a follow up blog post, we mentioned we’d be keen to see how ideas raised in this webinar were incorporated into future digital preservation projects and initiatives going forward. Revisiting this topic we intend to explore how a range of digital preservation practitioners are addressing the issue, in particular how considerations around environmental sustainability are being incorporated into decision making and ‘business as usual’ activities.

This two-hour webinar (timed to coincide with COP26 in Glasgow) will consist of a set of short case studies from a range of organizations who are taking steps to respond to this urgent global challenge, including a reflection on how the DPC itself is engaging with the issue of environmental sustainability. There will be time allocated for questions and wider discussion on the issues raised and participants are invited to continue the discussion and chat informally in a virtual lounge setting (using the High Fidelity platform) after the webinar.

Draft programme

09:00: Welcome
09:05: Michaela Hart, Victoria State Government Department of Health - Hope in the Anthropocene - Connecting to archival long game
09:20: João Fernandes, CERN - Archiving and Preservation for Research: Environmental Considerations
09:35: Karyn Williamson, abrdn - ‘The archive and abrdn – Towards sustainable digital preservation’
09:50: Catherine Jones, Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) - Investigating the impact of policy on energy consumption in the Energy Data Centre
10:05: short comfort break
10:10: Elisabeth Thurlow, University of the Arts London (UAL) - Challenging collecting: Inspiring a broader review of UAL collections management practices
10:25: Veli-Antti Leinonen, CSC – IT Сentre for Science - Running a zero emissions data centre
10:40: William Kilbride, Digital Preservation Coalition - Reflections and discussion
10:55: Wrap up and thanks
11:00: Close and move to virtual lounge for informal discussion (registered participants only)


Discussion on this topic is also welcome on Twitter before, during and after the webinar using our previous hashtag #DPCeco

The webinar will be held on our Zoom platform and closed captions will be available.



Check your local time for the event here

Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration will close at 12:00 GMT on 4th November and early booking is recommended as we expect this event will be popular.

Registration is free and is open to DPC members only at this time.  General registration will be available from 18th October 2021.

Places for DPC members will be restricted to five places for full members and one place for associates on a first come, first served basis.

Those registering for this event will also have the opportunity to join us in our virtual lounge setting for informal networking and chat. There are limited places in the lounge. Please express your interest in this networking session when you register and we will send joining instructions on a first come first served basis.

If you find you are no longer able to attend the webinar or the networking event please let us know in advance so we can free up your space to those on the waiting list.

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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. We encourage diversity in all its forms and are committed to being accessible to everyone who wishes to engage with the topic of digital preservation, whilst remaining technology and vendor neutral. We ask all those who are part of this community and to 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 2021: Embracing Digitality

DigiPres 2021 820x312Digital Preservation 2021: Embracing Digitality (#DigiPres21) is the annual meeting of the NDSA and helps chart future directions for both the NDSA and the greater digital stewardship field.

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World Digital Preservation Day

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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 2021!

In 2021 the theme ’Breaking Down Barriers’ is an opportunity to demonstrate how digital preservation supports digital connections, unlocks potential and creates lasting value. And because digital preservation is so crucial in supporting these opportunities, it also points to a critical need to make digital preservation and community activities understandable, relatable and accessible to all.

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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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.

The DPC invites data creators, curators, and consumers from around the world to ‘break down a barrier’ this World Digital Preservation Day by sharing their own digital preservation stories through blog posts, social media posts, events and creative activities. 


        • BLOG

          Break Down a Barrier by sharing your 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

        • SOCIAL MEDIA

          Break Down Barriers by sharing photos of your 'digital preservation day' OR join in the #BitListBakeOff by recreating a Bit List entry in cake, share with friends and on social media, and raise awareness of digital preservation!

          Just use the hashtags #WDPD2021 and #BitListBakeOff when you share.

          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 #WDPD2021 on YouTube.

        • EVENTS

          Organise an online seminar, webinar, live stream, watching party, hackathon or gamesroom. The WDPD Events Pack provides everything you'll need for your event.

          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!

          Keep checking the events page to see what's on.

        • RESOURCES

          The DPC will publish a new edition of the 'Bit List' of Digitally Endangered Species for World Digital Preservation Day 2021. 

          Check out the BitList

        • LOGO

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

          See all WDPD2021 logos

        • NEWS

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

          Go to news pages


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

          International Council on Archives


          National Digital Stewardship Alliance
          Open Preservation Foundation

In the run up to WDPD2021, read blog posts shared by the community last year...


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Announcement of the Bit List of Digitally Endangered Species 2021

Endangered largeJoin us for the announcement of the 2021 'Bit List' of Digitally Endangered Species!

The DPC's 'Bit List' of Digitally Endangered Species is a crowd-sourcing exercise to discover which digital materials our community thinks are most at risk, as well as those which are relatively safe thanks to digital preservation. 

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Australasia Preserves 'The politics of preservation: cultural collections in dangerous times'

AusPreserves Image"Taking something that would otherwise disappear and making it endure has consequences in the world. This makes it a political act, neither wholly good, nor wholly bad, but dangerous."

A meetup organised by Australasia Preserves community member Kieran Hegarty to celebrate in the week of World Digital Preservation Day (4th November 2021). Kieran is a PhD Candidate (Representing Multicultural Australia in National and State Libraries), at RMIT University. This event brings together artists, activists, archivists, and academics to together think through the politics of preservation with the Australasia Preserves Community of Practice.

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The Digital Preservation Coalition exists to connect people and enable ever closer collaboration towards a shared global challenge.

#DPConnect returns from Friday 29th October 2021 at 1300 UTC as a weekly online space to drop in and discuss all things digital preservation.

The gatherings will remain short and informal, 30 minutes max, they will have no agenda and no themes – just come and talk about what you are working on, share work problems and challenges - or just say hello!

Longer meetings can always continue once others have left if required. 

We'll use the hashtag #dpconnect when we discuss it on twitter.

As a new addition we will add a theme to #DPConnect on the last Friday of each month.  These sessions – which we’re calling #DPClinic – will pick a popular digital preservation topic each month and invite discussion, debate and controversy around shared challenges in preservation. Participants are invited to bring questions, queries and challenges on the relevant topic, as well as stories of what has worked well for them; or alternatively just listen in to the discussion.

Suggestions for subsequent #DPClinic themes are welcomed, but the first four themes will be as follows:

29th October 2021

Preserving PDF

26th November 2021

Preserving Spreadsheets

17th December 2021*

Preserving Lotus Notes

28th January 2022

Certification and Maturity Modelling

*brought forward to accommodate the Christmas break

Who can use #DPConnect?

  • #DPConnect and #DPClinic are available to everyone in the digital preservation community, DPC Members and non-members alike, provided all participants are respectful and supportive of one another and adhere to the DPC's Inclusion and Diversity Policy (see more below).

How to #DPConnect?

  • #DPConnect will use the DPC's online Zoom facility.

  • Connect by phone or web.

  • DPC members may access the sessions they would like to attend directly, by logging into the website to reveal the joining information.

  • Non-Members who would like to attend the sessions may request the joining information by clicking the link below.

  • Re-usable meeting links: the same meeting ID or URL will apply each week.

  • Each session will be captained by a DPC Staff Member or Guest Host.

  • Note any items of digital preservation discussion you would like to record for action or information here (not compulsory)


#DPConnect will take place every Friday at 1300 UTC (click for local times), with a themed #DPClinic once a month.

DPC Members please login to access joining information, non-members please click the link to request joining information.

Europe, Africa, Mid-East and Americas

Fridays at 1300 UTC, weekly

Australasia and Asia Pacific

Quarterly following AusPreserves meetups as advertised

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 - the same applies to #DPConnect sessions. We encourage diversity in all its forms and are committed to being accessible to everyone who wishes to engage with the topic of digital preservation, whilst remaining technology and vendor neutral. We ask all those who are part of this community and/or attending a #DPConnect session to be positive, accepting, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of others in alignment with our DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy. 

Zoom may now require you to have a personal account in order to join a meeting. Therefore please could you register for an account in advance of #DPConnect, if you do not have one already. The sign up link is here: https://zoom.us/signup


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Dear Future: What Digital Preservation Means for You

NLB WDPD Seminar

Photographs, videos and personal documents not only chronicle meaningful milestones in our lives; they can also hold important information. Yet, they can easily become lost over time due to degradation and outdated technology. To retain our memories for future generations, it is vital to preserve our digital content.

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