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World Digital Preservation Day (formerly known as International Digital Preservation Day) is an annual event hosted by the Digital Preservation Coalition and occurs on the last Thursday of November. It is a chance to highlight the activities and practices that occur in digital preservation and share them as a community.
Virginia Tech University Libraries will host a virtual event to celebrate WDPD 2020!
A series of pre-recorded lightning talks on digital preservation-related topics and project highlights from University Libraries personnel (these will be streamed during the event and uploaded to VTechWorks)
An overview of preservation services at Virginia Tech University Libraries
Themed, punny signature drinks (see below!)
Time for discussion and socializing
Shane Coleman, Data Curator: "Teaching Students the Value of Historical Maps"
If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.
From the Digital Preservation Coalition:
This year's WDPD theme is ‘Digits: for Good.’ World Digital Preservation Day 2020 is an opportunity to connect the digital preservation community and celebrate the positive impact digital preservation has, for good – or at least for as long as required.
This year especially 'Digits: for Good’ refers to the hard work, resilience, and responsiveness of our colleagues which will enable research and development data used in finding a vaccine for COVID-19 to be preserved, shared and studied; it represents the fact that decision making in the management of the pandemic will be captured for future generations; and it describes the support which will be available to organisations around the world as they work to sustain themselves through this unprecedented time. It also goes beyond the pandemic, to all of the exciting and essential digital preservation work taking place right now!
WDPD 2020 Signature Cocktails
Signature SIPs for WDPD
Access your excitement for digital preservation with some of our signature SIPs (and very subtle digipres vocabulary puns)!
Need a break? Go to an OAIS-is with a blueberry basil gimlet
Harken back to the Old-Fashioned Preservation Librarian
2 oz. rye or bourbon, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, 1 sugar cube, splash of club soda
Celebrate Mai-TaiData (metadata)
1 oz (2 tbs) dark rum, 1 oz (2 tbs) amber rum, 2 tbs fresh orange juice, 1/2 oz (1 tbs) Cointreau or triple sec, 1 tbs fresh lime juice, 1 tsp orgeat syrup* or 1 drop pure almond extract, 1 tsp superfine granulated sugar, dash of grenadine, Garnish: an orange slice
Find your chocolate fix[ity] with an MuD5lide checksum
1 oz vodka, 1 oz coffee liqueur, 1 oz Baileys Irish Cream, 1 1/2 oz heavy cream, Garnish: chocolate shavings
Keep the storage Rule of 3 in mind with a 3-ingredient Sidecar
1 1/2 oz cognac, 3/4 oz orange liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier), 3/4 oz lemon juice, freshly squeezed, Garnish: orange twist, sugar rim
Do a sanity [Fixity] Check with a Bloody Mary
Zing Zang, celery salt, pepper, pickle spear, splash of pickle juice, and vodka (all to taste); garnish: celery stick, small shrimp, boiled egg, olives, all of the above
Need something more low-key? Dig into cold storage with a SHA-ndy or a Labatt Ice!
Access: access is assumed to mean continued, ongoing usability of a digital resource, retaining all qualities of authenticity, accuracy and functionality deemed to be essential for the purposes the digital material was created and/or acquired for
Cold storage: A resilient IT storage system consists of storage media contained within a server that provides built in resilience to various failure modes by using inbuilt redundancy and recovery
Fixity Check: a method for ensuring the integrity of a file and verifying it has not been altered or corrupted. During transfer, an archive may run a fixity check to ensure a transmitted file has not been altered en route. Within the archive, fixity checking is used to ensure that digital files have not been altered or corrupted. It is most often accomplished by computing checksums such as MD5, SHA1 or SHA256 for a file and comparing them to a stored value
MD5: a computer program that calculates and verifies 128-bit MD5 hashes, as described in RFC 1321. The MD5 hash functions as a compact digital fingerprint of a file. See Fixity Check
Metadata: Information which describes significant aspects of a resource. Most discussion to date has tended to emphasize metadata for the purposes of resource discovery. The emphasis in this Handbook is on what metadata are required successfully to manage and preserve digital materials over time and which will assist in ensuring essential contextual, historical, and technical information are preserved along with the digital object. The PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata has become a key de facto standard in digital preservation.
OAIS: An Archive, consisting of an organization, which may be part of a larger organization, of people and systems, that has accepted the responsibility to preserve information and make it available for a Designated Community. It meets a set of responsibilities, as defined in section 4 of the OAIS standard that allows an OAIS Archive to be distinguished from other uses of the term ‘Archive’.
Preservation: Access to digital materials either for a defined period of time while use is predicted but which does not extend beyond the foreseeable future and/or until it becomes inaccessible because of changes in technology
Rule of 3: Preservation storage requires geographic, distributed locations. It is recommended to store content in at least 3 locations; local, external, and in the cloud
SHA: (Secure Hash Algorithm 256) is a set of cryptographic hash functions used for fixity checks
SIP: Submission Information Package. An Information Package that is delivered by the Producer to the OAIS for use in the construction or update of one or more Archival Information Packages (AIPs) and/or the associated Descriptive Information (OAIS term).
See the Digital Preservation Coalition Handbook Glossary for more!
See the DPC's Bit List of Digitally Endangered Species. "The DPC's 'Bit List' of Digitally Endangered Species is a crowd-sourcing exercise to discover which digital materials our community thinks are most at risk, as well as those which are relatively safe thanks to digital preservation." The Bit List is reviewed and new content is assessed annually.
Virginia Tech University Libraries will host several events to celebrate World Digital Preservation Day 2019.
November 5, 2019, 3:30pm - 5:00pm: Digital preservation personnel will join the hosts of the Library’s weekly radio show Stacks on Stacks on WUVT and talk about current digital preservation activities in the Library.
November 6, 2019, 10:30am - 12:00pm: Digital Preservation at Virginia Tech PDN session: This session is the final in the digital preservation series and focuses on the preservation services provided by University Libraries. This session will focus on informing stakeholders and faculty on how the Virginia Tech preservation services function and how lost or corrupted University content is retrieved. This session will also include language for writing storage and preservation information into grants and other proposals, and language to provide clients and stakeholders.
November 7, 2019, 3:30pm - 4:30pm: WDPD Lightning Talks & Reception (PDN): Seven Virginia Tech University Library personnel from four different Library departments will present five-minute lightning talks covering various practical and unique topics on digital preservation. All of these digital preservation topics are activities and services are provided by Virginia Tech University Libraries. Enroll here!Speakers and topics include:
Alex Kinnaman, Digital Preservation Coordinator: Web Archiving
Luke Menzies, Digital Preservation Technologist: Setting up Personal Archive Storage
Jim Tuttle, Associate Director of Digital Libraries: Risk, Threats, and Mitigations
Maureen Suess, 3D Texture Artist: 3D Photogrammetry
Jon Petters, Data Management Consultant and Curation Services Coordinator: Data Management Planning
Philip Young, Institutional Repository Manager: Perma.cc
Corinne Guimont, Digital Scholarship Coordinator: Documentation
Preceding and following the lightning talks from 3pm - 5pm is informal reception in Newman 207A on digital preservation at VTUL. The event will include:
DigCurv: The Digital Curation Board Game
Themed door prizes
VTUL 2018 Events
Virginia Tech University Libraries has several events to share during the month of November to celebrate World Digital Preservation Day.
November 29, 2018: The Digital Preservation team will host an informal info session on digital preservation at Virginia Tech University Libraries. It will take place in Newman 207A from 2:30pm to 4pm ET. The event will include:
"Preserved" foodstuffs and other refreshments
Digital Preservation board games
Demos of current documentation and complex digital objects that we are digitally preserving
November 7, 2018: The Digital Preservation team is teaching an NLI session on Digital Preservation at Virginia Tech to provide faculty with resources on updated information to include in grants and other proposals and in communication with stakeholders.
November 6, 2018: The Digital Preservation team will be interviewed on the local WUVT radio station on digital preservation activities and updates.
October 29, 2018: Our Dean of University Libraries Tyler Walters was an interviewee contributing to a report from Ithaka S+R on "The State of Digital Preservation in 2018: A Snapshot of Challenges and Gaps" by Oya Y. Rieger.