Library and Archives Canada celebrates the first International Digital Preservation Day

International Digital Preservation Day 

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to mark the first International Digital Preservation Day (#IDPD17) today.


The inaugural theme is “Bits decay: Do something today,” to remind everyone that digital materials are inherently vulnerable to degradation. Did you know that media such as diskettes, computers and USB keys decay much faster than paper does, so content saved electronically is at greater risk of being lost?

Consequently, we take great care at LAC to ensure that all of our collections, including digital materials, remain readable, understandable and reusable over time, regardless of the media in which they were created or to which they were saved.

LAC’s new Strategy for a Digital Preservation Program

What a perfect time for us to launch our Strategy for a Digital Preservation Program!

This strategy shows LAC’s commitment to securing Canada’s documentary heritage. It details further steps we need to take to preserve our country’s digital treasures for the future.

Read the Strategy for a Digital Preservation Program.

What else is going on?

See our new blog post Digital Preservation at the Crossroads to learn more about what we do to ensure that digital items remain safe.

View today’s announcement of the “Bit List” of Digitally Endangered Species to discover which digital materials are most at risk, according to the international digital preservation community. LAC’s Faye Lemay was on the Bit List Jury.

Visit the international Digital Preservation Coalition website, and follow #IDPD17 on Twitter to see what is being done elsewhere around the world to preserve digital materials.

See you again next year! From now on, International Digital Preservation Day will be held on the last Thursday in November.

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