Added on 18 March 2020

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) has launched an online platform to connect the digital preservation community during a time when many are working in isolation.

#DPConnect is a new activity which from Thursday 19th March, 12:30 GMT will provide an ongoing, online presence at regular intervals each day, run so that it is available in different time zones around the world. It is a chance to check in with each other and provide a social moment of interaction with peers and co-workers.

Connect with the Digital Preservation Community

The gatherings may not be long, will have no agenda and no themes - although those members using the service are welcome to share work problems and challenges - or just check in with each other if they are struggling or feel isolated. We will use the hashtag #dpconnect when we discuss it on twitter.

 “The Digital Preservation Coalition exists to connect people and enable ever closer collaboration towards a shared global challenge,” notes William Kilbride, Executive Director of the DPC. “Yet we find ourselves with new and surprising advice about isolation and distancing. Isolation should not mean lack of solidarity.”

“We hope that, should the activity succeed, the global digital preservation community will come out of this period of isolation better connected.”

#DPConnect is available to everyone in the digital preservation community members, provided all participants are respectful and supportive of one another and adhere to the DPC's Inclusion and Diversity Policy.

Using the DPC's online Zoom facility, participants will be able to choose from three daily sessions and connect by phone or web as follows:

From Thursday 19th March, starting at 12:30 GMT

  • Australasia and Asia, timing TBC
  • Europe and Africa - 12:30 UTC+1
  • The Americas and Pacific - 12:30 PDT (20:30 UTC+1)

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 on their preferred timing on the website.

Each session will have a ‘Captain’ and the DPC is seeking volunteers to join the DPC staff as Session Captains for the various time zones.

The not-for-profit DPC is an international advocate for digital preservation, helping members and the broader community around the world to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services through community engagement, targeted advocacy work, training and workforce development, capacity building, good practice and standards, and through good management and governance.

  • Visit the DPC Event page to Connect with the Digital Preservation Community
  • To volunteer as a session captain please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • To register interest and to recommend a time for the Australasia and Asia session please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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