Added on 20 September 2021


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With World Digital Preservation Day 2021 (WDPD2021) on 4th November fast approaching, the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) invites all data creators, curators and consumers from around the world to contribute to this global event by breaking down barriers and sharing stories of their own digital preservation day!

With the theme ‘Breaking Down Barriers,’ World Digital Preservation Day 2021 is an opportunity to connect the digital preservation community and celebrate the positive impact digital preservation has had in another year where digital information and infrastructure have been so instrumental in supporting all parts of our global society.

“’Breaking Down Barriers’ is an opportunity to demonstrate how digital preservation supports digital connections, unlocks potential and creates lasting value,” explains Sarah Middleton, DPC Head of Advocacy and Community Engagement. “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.”

Organized by the DPC and supported by digital preservation networks around the globe, World Digital Preservation Day is open to participation across all sectors, from anyone interested in securing our digital legacy.

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Some suggestions for contributions are as follows, although other activities are welcomed:

  • Break Down Barriers by sharing a typical digital preservation day on social media: Take photos, make videos, share updates about your own digital preservation day using the social media platform of your choice. Can you persuade your organization to let you take over the corporate social media account for the day to let others outside our community know about digital preservation? Remember to use the hashtag #WDPD2021! For inspiration, see what the community got up to on Twitter for WDPD2020

  • Blog about Digital Preservation: The theme Breaking Down Barriers is an opportunity to demonstrate how digital preservation supports digital connections, unlocks potential and creates lasting value. It also points to a critical need to make digital preservation and community activities understandable, relatable and accessible to all. Can you write about: An example of where or why this is most needed (this could describe a particular context or a particular content type); or an example of how this has been done and what the implications were. If you have your own blog platform, write a post about digital preservation to share with your own followers! Or submit it to us by Wednesday 13th October, following the guidelines, for inclusion on the DPC blog. Read some of the posts from WDPD2020 here.

  • Hold and publicize an event: Break Down Barriers to digital preservation by inviting those outside our community to a seminar, webinar, live stream, watching party, hackathon or games room. Submit details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday 13th October and we’ll add the details to our ‘What’s On’ section of the WDPD2021 page of the website, including URLs for your event. Download the event pack and WDPD2021 Logo in your language and add it to related emails and communications for your event and publicize it using the #WDPD2021 hashtag for greater visibility. 

World Digital Preservation Day is just one of the ways the DPC helps raise awareness of the global strategic, cultural and technological issues which make up the digital preservation challenge.  The Coalition also supports its international members through other advocacy activities, workforce development, capacity-building and partnership; helping members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services and derive enduring value from their digital collections. Find out how to join us.


For a detailed program and more information about World Digital Preservation Day visit the event page on the DPC website, follow the hashtags #WDPD2021 on Twitter for updates or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.


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