7 November 2019 | 00:00 - 24:00 Worldwide

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At-Risk Digital Materials

About World Digital Preservation Day

World Digital Preservation Day is held on the first Thursday of every November. This year we will celebrate all things digital preservation on 7th November 2019!

With the theme 'At-Risk Digital Materials' the digital preservation community will come together to celebrate their work - the collections they have preserved, the access they have maintained and the understanding they have fostered by preserving digital materials.

Pervasive, changing and ubiquitous, digital technologies are a defining feature of our age. Digital materials are a core commodity for industry, commerce and government. They are fundamental for research, the law and medicine. The creative industries, cultural heritage and the media depend on reliable access to digital materials while families and friends extend and sustain their relationships through digital interactions. What better reasons to celebrate the opportunities created by digital preservation?! 

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.

WDPD Illustration

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.

World Digital Preservation Day is a window into the daily activities of those involved with or contemplating digital preservation and the at-risk digital materials they are working hard to preserve. In order to create a full a picture as possible, we showcase a wide range of experiences, activities, projects, collections and challenges; identifying real-world impacts and consequences.

Data creators, curators and consumers from around the world, DPC members and non-members alike, are invited to get involved and share stories of their own 'digital preservation day.'

      • BLOG

        Share a story about ‘at-risk digital materials’ 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 WDPD2019 page! If you are a DPC Member or Supporter, you post directly to the DPC blog or send your post to us by Monday 21st October, and we’ll add it to the DPC's WDPD2019 blog roll for you.

        Read WDPD 2018 posts 
        on the DPC blog

        Read other WDPD posts
        from 2017 and 2018 

      • PICTURES

        Take a photo of the 'at-risk digital materials' you have encountered recently or show us what a 'digital preservation day' looks like for you! Share on social media using the hashtag #WDPD2019

        See WDPD2018 pictures on

      • VIDEOS

        Giving a WDPD2019 talk/seminar/lecture? 
        Or, create a song and a dance about digital preservation! (literally)

        If you can, record it and share on social media with the hashtag #WDPD2019.

        See some of our favourites from WDPD2018:

        All the Corrupt Files (Single Ladies
        [Put a Ring on it] parody)

        Digital Preservation:
        What & Why Leads to Who & How -
        Teresa Soleau

      • EVENTS

        Hold and publicize a live event! Let us know if you are organizing or attending a WDPD2019 event by Monday 21st October and we’ll add the details to our ‘What’s On’ section of the WDPD2019 page of the website, including URLs for the event. 

        Download and print contents of the 
        event pack and publicize your event using the #WDPD2019 hashtag for greater visibility.

        Visit the events page


        The DPC is publishing a new edition of the 'Bit List' of Digitally Endangered Species for World Digital Preservation Day 2019. Follow #BitList for updates and ...

        Check out the BitList

      • LOGO

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

        See all logos


        Take photos, make videos, share updates about your own 'digital preservation day' or the ‘at-risk digital materials’ you are working with or know about, and share 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 talk about digital preservation? In the run up to WDPD2019, share your thoughts on the most 'at-risk digital materials.' Just remember to use the hashtags #WDPD2019 and #BitList

      • NEWS

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

        Go to news pages

      • SUPPORT

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

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information, and to send blog posts and event details for inclusion on the DPC website. 

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