November is the month of World Digital Preservation Day, organised by the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC). The DPC was formed to promote greater awareness of the need to preserve digital information for future generations. For World Digital Preservation Day online seminars and blogs from around the world are available in addition to the usual news and information.
One of the resources is the BitList of Digitally Endangered Species… Yes, you read that correctly!
The list allocates risk classifications – from Lower Risk to Practically Extinct – to digital materials that members of the DPC community believe to be most at danger of loss. This is based purely on the personal experience of members of the DPC community and their efforts to preserve the content. Risk entails areas such as the technical challenges involved in conservancy and sheer neglect from those with responsibility for preservation.
The BitList is an advocacy tool, to highlight the need for good practice in the storage and back-up of digital information and the need to maintain access to historical information.
It’s a fascinating list, with unpublished research data, non-standard public records, family records and media art by deceased artists at the critical endangered end of the list; and current portable magnetic data, digital radio recordings and geomagnetic data at the lower end of the scale.
Restore Media Storage
As well as looking after your physical documents and heritage items, at Restore Records Management we are experts in the storage and security of your digital information. We can take care of your computer back-up tapes, magnetic tapes, DVDs and CDs as well as cloud storage. All media storage has CCTV and 24/7 security entry systems with desktop online tracking software. Within the storage facilities are state-of-the-art fire suppression and temperature and humidity controls to maintain a stable environment.
If you would like to talk to someone about how we can help with your digital preservation, you can contact us through our website and we will call you back, or you can call one of our friendly, knowledgeable people direct on 0333 060 3230.