Added on 23 May 2018


The search for the very best work in digital preservation across all sectors has begun again this year, with the launch of the 2018 Digital Preservation Awards!

Entry is now open for nominations as part of the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organizations who have made significant and innovative contributions to securing our digital legacy.

This year the exciting process will culminate in a spectacular awards ceremony in Amsterdam, as part of an International Conference hosted by the Dutch Digital Heritage Network and the Amsterdam Museum on World Digital Preservation Day (previously International Digital Preservation Day) on Thursday 29th November 2018. The ceremony will be live streamed around the world on the night and available to watch through this page.

Watch the 2016 ceremony

Last time, winners on the night were The National Archives and The Scottish Council on Archives for the ‘Transforming Archives/Opening Up Scotland’s Archives’ initiative; Dr. Anthea Seles for her thesis on ‘The Transferability of Trusted Digital Repository Standards to an East African context;’ the Dutch Digital Heritage Network for their project ‘Constructing a network of nationwide facilities together;’ the team at HSBC for their ‘Global Digital Archive System (GDA)’ implementation; Amsterdam Museum and Partners for ‘The Digital City revives: A case study of web archaeology;’ and not forgetting the DPC Fellowship which was awarded to Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive.

See all 2016 finalists case studies and presentations

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The Digital Preservation Awards sees entries from individuals and organizations around the world

“The award is a recognition by my peers, who are experts within the digital preservation community, of the value of the work that I have done,” explains winner of the 2016 DPC Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work in Digital Preservation, Dr. Anthea Seles.

Finalists and winners of the Digital Preservation Awards often enjoy a greater profile, with individuals and organizations finding themselves in a much stronger position for further funding and future development.

Part of the team that won the 2016 Award for The National Archives Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy, Tjarda de Haan of Amsterdam Museum agrees and adds, “the best part about winning the award is that it boosts us and enables to us to take our project to the next level.”

Hear from all the 2016 Digital Preservation Awards winners

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Tjarda de Haan and Erwin Verbruggen collect The National Archives Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy on behalf of 
Amsterdam Museum and Partners for their project ‘The Digital City revives: A case study of web archaeology’

In 2018, five awards categories are offered as follows, alongside the DPC Fellowship Award:

  • The Software Sustainability Institute Award for Research and Innovation which recognizes excellence in practical research and innovation activities. The award includes a cash prize of £1000, a trophy and certificates.
  • The DPC Award for Teaching and Communications, recognizing excellence in outreach, training and advocacy. The award includes a cash prize of £1000, a trophy and certificates.
  • The National Records of Scotland Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work in Digital Preservation, encouraging and recognizing student work in digital preservation. The prize includes attendance at an international conference, a trophy and a certificate.
  • The National Archives Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy, which celebrates the practical application of preservation tools to protect at-risk digital objects. The award includes a cash prize of £1000, a trophy and certificates.
  • The Open Data Institute Award for the Most Outstanding Digital Preservation Initiative in Commerce, Industry and the Third sector, encouraging and recognizing the adoption of digital preservation tools and approaches in institutions which are not explicitly memory institutions. The award includes a cash prize of £1000, a trophy and certificates.

Entry to the Digital Preservation Awards 2018 is free and open to all organizations and individuals.  

The Digital Preservation Awards 2018 is now closed for nominations

We are grateful that the Digital Preservation Awards is supported by some of the leading organisations in digital preservation:

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