Fwd: [CODATA-international] Fwd: Nominate At-Risk Digital Material to the ‘BitList’ of Digitally Endangered Species, 2019 edition

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Dear RDA Data rescue interested parties please see below re Digital
Preservation Coalition on ‘Digitally Endangered Species’.
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From: Simon Hodson, ED CODATA <***@***.***>
Date: Mon, Jul 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM
Subject: [CODATA-international] Fwd: Nominate At-Risk Digital Material to
the ‘BitList’ of Digitally Endangered Species, 2019 edition
To: CODATA International <***@***.***>
Please see below, an important message from the Digital Preservation
Coalition on ‘Digitally Endangered Species’.
With very best wishes,
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*From:* Sarah Middleton
*Sent:* 15 July 2019 10:07
*To:* Sarah Middleton <***@***.***>
*Subject:* Nominate At-Risk Digital Material to the ‘BitList’ of Digitally
Endangered Species, 2019 edition
*The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) invites the digital preservation
community around the world to submit nominations for its 2019 edition of
the ‘BitList.’ *
The Bit List is the DPC’s Global List of Digitally Endangered Species.
Nominations to the BitList
are being sought through the summer before being published on World Digital
Preservation Day (WDPD2019) on 7th November 2019.
The ‘BitList’ highlights the need for action to preserve high-value digital
content that is critically endangered, whilst celebrating the progress the
digital preservation community has made to ensure a secure digital legacy.
Members of the digital preservation community around the world are invited
to add their nominations to this list. Current entries include content
which has no obvious long-term home (Community Archives and
Community-Generated Content
different digital formats (Websites running Flash, as the plugin becomes
obsolete ), or content
where the value is recognized but the efforts to preserve have been
incomplete (unpublished Research Outputs
Nominations for 2019 could combine all of these themes, such asMaterials
Posted to Current Web-based Social Media Platforms or Equivalents
, as there is still
so little in place to capture the volume, complexity and context of this
Nominators are asked to ascribe a risk ‘level’ to the digital material

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 services 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
Digital objects face multiple risks. In the past, nominations have been
thematic rather than self-contained and frequently they overlap. For
example, in 2018 politically sensitive data was listed, alongside
unpublished research outputs, and material on obsolete media. In theory a
digital object could fall into all three of these groups, such as
politically inconvenient but unpublished data from research into climate
change. So any given object can face a multitude of aggravating conditions
which raise the threat level.
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 on 7th November.
Organized by the DPC and supported by digital preservation networks around
the world, WDPD2019 is open to participation across all sectors, from
anyone interested in securing our digital legacy.
WDPD2019 brings together individuals and institutions from across the world
to celebrate collections preserved, access maintained, and the
understanding fostered by preserving digital materials. In addition to the
publication of the DPC’s BitList, data creators, curators and consumers
from around the world will be invited to showcase their own work, aligned
with this year’s theme of ‘At-Risk Materials’ through blog posts on the DPC
website, as well as tweets and photos posted to Instagram using the hashtag
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 World Digital
Preservation Day will be issued over the coming months.
Make your nomination for the DPC’s Digitally Endangered Species by Friday
30th August
To get involved in other World Digital Preservation Day activities:
- Visit the event page on the DPC website:
- Follow the hashtag #WDPD2019
and #BitList
on Twitter for updates
- Or contact ***@***.*** for more details
**Apologies for cross-posting**
Sarah Middleton
Head of Communications and Advocacy
Digital Preservation Coalition
37 Tanner Row, York, YO1 6WP
Tel: 01904 601952
Email: ***@***.***
Twitter: @Sarah_DPC
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