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

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    Natalie Meyers

    Dear RDA Data rescue interested parties please see below re Digital
    Preservation Coalition on ‘Digitally Endangered Species’.
    ———- Forwarded message ———
    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,
    Begin forwarded message:
    *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    incomplete (unpublished Research Outputs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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    *Natalie K. Meyers, **E-Research Librarian*
    Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship
    Hesburgh Libraries
    *University of Notre Dame*
    250-D Hesburgh Library
    Notre Dame, IN 46556
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