29 November 2018 | 00:00 - 24:00 Worldwide

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About World Digital Preservation Day

World Digital Preservation Day (formerly International Digital Preservation Day) is held on the last Thursday of every November. This year, on 29th November 2018, the digital preservation community will come together to celebrate the collections preserved, the access maintained and the understanding fostered by preserving digital materials.

The aim of the 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.

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 reason to celebrate the opportunities created by digital preservation?! 

Latest Blogs

For the full WDPD18 blog listing, please see the DPC blog roll: http://dpconline.org/blog

Expecting the Unexpected... World Digital Preservation Day

Sarah Middleton

Sarah Middleton

Last updated on 30 October 2018

You never quite know how some things are going to pan out, and that was certainly true for our first World Digital Preservation Day (formerly International Digital Preservation Day) in 2017. For those of you who weren’t involved in last year’s inaugural extravaganza, honestly it was one of my favorite DPC days ever - and for those who were, I really hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

In the hope that I can encourage even more people to join in the fun on 29th November, I shall endeavour to try and sum up why World Digital Preservation Day was SO great last year.

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Here comes the sun: IDPD17+1

William Kilbride

William Kilbride

Last updated on 1 December 2017

The sun has set now on International Digital Preservation Day (IDPD17) around the world, so, at the very last tick of the clocks on the most westerly reaches of the setting sun, we’d like to conclude by offering our thanks to colleagues in all time zones.

We have been astonished, delighted and massively energized by the numbers that participated, by the number of blogs, tweets, emails, messages on every media platform imaginable. There has been a significant effort of disk-imaging, file-migrating, and archive-describing. I never knew that ‘digital preservation cake’ was a thing but there’s been an awful lot of it in show; I didn’t know that a working ‘day’ could last for 39 hours; and I could scarcely have imagined the word ‘cryo-flux-a-thon’.  There has been enthusiasm and generosity, insight and commitment, and a wonderful sense of celebration at the gathering of our dynamic, diverse and dispersed community.

I think it is safe to say that our first International Digital Preservation Day has been a success. 

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Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group in Mexico City, 2019

Natalie M. Baur

Natalie M. Baur

Last updated on 1 December 2017

Natalie Baur is Preservation Librarian at Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas, El Colegio de México in Mexico City.

 The Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas at the Colegio de México in Mexico City is thrilled to announce that we will be the hosts for the next Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group meeting! This exciting conference will be held at the Colegio de México’s installations from February 12-14, 2019, so save the date now! You will not want to miss this unique opportunity to talk digital preservation with colleagues from around the world. PASIG 2019 will be unique in that this is the very first time that the meeting will be held in a Latin American country. Mexico City is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that will afford lots of excellent discussion on digital preservation advances locally in Mexico and throughout the Caribbean and Latin American region. We plan to have many attendees from across the region present at the meeting and this new infusion of perspectives and experiences will undoubtedly reinvigorate discussions happening in the international digital preservation community.

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What's on*

*Listing details subject to change

Digital Preservation for Everyone - World Digital Preservation Day Seminar

29 November 2018 | 10:00 – 12:30 AEDT

Acton ACT 2601, Australia | Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

WDPD Event

Free training on Web Preservation

29 November 2018 | 14:30 GMT

Avenida do Brasil, 101 – Lisbon | Pequeno Auditório, FCT-FCCN

WDPD Event

Using ePADD to Appraise, Process, and Provide Access to Historically and Culturally Valuable Email Collections

29 November 2018 | 10:00 - 12:00 CET

Amsterdam | Amsterdam Museum

WDPD Event

Planning Digital Preservation for Geological Time Scale

29 November 2018 | 13:00 – 14:00 GMT

Nottingham | British Geological Survey, Environmental Science Centre

WDPD Event

Future-proofing your data!

29 November 2018 | 10:00 –11:00  GMT

Nottingham | British Geological Survey, Environmental Science Centre

WDPD Event

Conference on preserving digital cultural heritage

28 November 2018 | 13:00 (Wed) - 13:00 (Thu) CET

Frankfurt am Main | German National Library

WDPD Event

Get Real! Dealing with the Practical Challenges of Digital Preservation

29 November 2018 | 09:45 - 13:30 GMT

Kildare Street, Dublin | National Library of Ireland

WDPD Event

Memory Makers: Digital Preservation Skills and How to Get Them

29 November 2018 | 11:30 (Thu) - 13:30 (Fri) CET

Kalverstraat 92 Amsterdam | Amsterdam Museum

WDPD Event

How to join in...

Organised by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) and supported by digital preservation networks across the globe, World Digital Preservation Day (WDPD2018) is open to participation from anyone interested in securing our digital legacy. We want World Digital Preservation Day to provide a window into the daily activities of those involved with or contemplating digital preservation. And, in order to create a full a picture as possible, we would like to showcase a wide range of experiences, activities, projects, collections and challenges. 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.'

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Read more 2017 blogs from around the world

'Celebration of the International Digital Preservation Day'

Daniel Gomes, Arquivo.pt, Portugal

'Digital Archives, Working with Depositors'

Simon Wilson, Hull History Centre, UK

'Digital preservation and the Anne McLaren Papers'

Jonathan Pledge, British Library

'International Digital Preservation Day at the Danish National Archives'

Jan Dalsten Sørensen, Danish National Archives

'Let There Be Digital Preservation – A View from the Data Archive'

Tuomas J. Alaterä, Finnish Social Science Data Archive

'Personal archives and personal digital archiving'

Dr. Arian Rajh, Highflott, Zagreb Croatia

'Taking a holistic approach: Creating a digital preservation program at Rensselaer Libraries'

Andrea Byrne, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), USA

'The Lifecycle and Preservation of Electronic Records'

Leslie Johnston, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), USA

'The new ETH Zurich Web Archive'

Marion Wullschleger and Angela Gastl, ETH Zurich University Archives, Switzerland


Tighearnan Kelly, National Library of Australia

'Why Storage is not Preservation: A Conversation, surrounded by Conservation'

Kathryn Cassidy, Digital Repository of Ireland, Dublin

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