Added on 16 August 2021

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Save the date for this World Digital Preservation Day on Thursday 4thth November 2021 and join individuals and institutions from across the globe in a celebration of digital preservation!

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.”

Open to participation from anyone interested in securing our digital legacy - across all sectors and geographic locations - the Digital Preservation Coalition (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. 

Highlights of the day include the publication of a new edition of the ‘Bit List of Digitally Endangered Species.’ The DPC's ‘Bit List’ is a community-sourced list of at-risk digital materials which is revised every two years and underlines the need for action to preserve high-value digital content that is critically endangered, as well as calling for significant cultural change to the way we value digital resources.

World Digital Preservation Day is just one of the ways the DPC helps to raise awareness of the strategic, cultural, and technological issues which make up the digital preservation challenge. The DPC also supports 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. 

More information about World Digital Preservation Day will be issued over the coming months, meanwhile help inform the program by sharing your plans by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on twitter @dpc_chat and @sarah_DPC.

For all the latest updates, visit the World Digital Preservation Day page on the DPC website, follow the hashtag #WDPD2021 on Twitter or contact Sarah Middleton for more details.


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