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[InetBib] IDPD17: Digitally Endangered Species List - Launch announcement

‘Save the Bits:’ DPC compiles list of Digitally Endangered Species

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is inviting nominations to a new a 
global list of the most ‘at risk’ Digitally Endangered Species. The list will 
be reviewed by an international panel of DPC members and will be published as 
its contribution to the first International Digital Preservation Day (IDPD17) 
on 30th November 2017.

Like the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM<http://www.iucnredlist.org/>, 
the DPC’s Digitally Endangered Species will highlight the need for action to 
preserve high-value digital content that is critically endangered, whilst 
celebrating the great progress the digital preservation community has made to 
ensure our generation’s digital memory is accessible tomorrow.

DPC members and members of the digital preservation community around the world 
are invited to add their nominations to the list. Examples might include 
content which has no obvious long-term home (such as the digital archives of 
community groups), different digital formats (for example: websites running 
Flash as the plugin becomes obsolete), or content where the value is recognized 
but the efforts to preserve have been incomplete (such as scientific 
e-journals).  Nominations might combine all of these themes, such as personal 
social media content as there is still so little in place to capture the 
volume, complexity and context of this information. Nominators will also be 
asked to ascribe a risk ‘level’ to the digital 
 and think about the significance and impact of its loss.
“Digital materials, and the opportunities they create, are fragile,” explains 
Executive Director of the DPC William Kilbride, “and the lifecycles of 
technology are typically quite short.  The good news is that the digital 
preservation community has an impressive track record of providing the sorts of 
tools and service which will protect many digital species from extinction.  But 
these simple steps are not well known.  By drawing attention to the risks that 
digital assets face, we want to draw attention to the simple and sensible steps 
that we can take to securing them”

Once the nominations have been collected and collated, an international panel 
of digital preservation experts will evaluate the entries, before arriving at 
their final list which will be published in conjunction with IDPD17 on 30th 

Make your nomination for the DPC’s Digitally Endangered Species by Friday 29th 

Organized by the DPC and supported by digital preservation networks around the 
world, IDPD17 is open to participation across all sectors, from anyone 
interested in securing our digital legacy.

IDPD17 will draw together individuals and institutions from across the world to 
celebrate the collections preserved, the access maintained and the 
understanding fostered by preserving digital materials. In addition to the 
publication of the DPC’s ‘Digitally Endangered Species,’ data creators, 
curators and consumers from around the world will be invited to showcase their 
own ‘Digital Preservation Day’ through blog posts on the DPC website, as well 
as tweets and instagrams using the hashtag #IDPD17.

This activity is just one of the ways the Coalition raises awareness of the 
strategic, cultural and technological issues which make up the digital 
preservation challenge.  The DPC also supports members through other advocacy 
activities, workforce development, capacity-building and partnership; helping 
members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, 
and derive enduring value from their digital collections. A detailed program 
and more information about International Digital Preservation Day will be 
issued over the coming months.

Make your nomination for the DPC’s Digitally Endangered Species by Friday 29th 

Join the twitter conversation about the Digitally Endangered Species list using 
the hashtag #bitlist

To get involved in other International Digital Preservation Day activities:

·         Visit the event page on the DPC website: 

·         Follow the hashtag 
#IDPD17<https://twitter.com/search?q=%23IDPD17&src=typd> on Twitter for updates
Or contact sarah [dot] middleton [at] dpconline [dot] org for more details.

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