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Digital Preservation: World Digital Preservation Day

What is WDPD

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.

VTUL 2019 Events

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 sessionThis 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:
    • "Preserved" refreshments
    • 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. 

Related Events

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. 


2018 Digital Preservation Awards is a ceremony of awards in digital preservation work held on World Digital Preservation Day.

Twitter: #WDPD2019; #DigitalPreservation; @VTLibraries; @dpc_chat

Instagram for DPC: digitalpreservationcoalition

Fun Stuff

"All the Archiving Songs" is the official WDPD playlist created by the DPC

"Smells Like Digital Preservation"

A parody of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" created by the State Library of Queensland for WDPD 2019.