DLS Presents: World Digital Preservation Day at UCT
World Digital Preservation Day is on the 7th of November 2019 and UCT Libraries would like to invite you to join us for a lunchtime seminar on what Digital Preservation means. This year’s theme ‘At Risk Materials,’ raises the question of what happens to those digital objects that we create every day and how can we keep them safe?
We think that the digital files we work with everyday are going to always be available to us, even many years into the future. However, the truth is quite different. Changes in file formats, updates to software we use, the failure of media on which we keep our documents can make all of our research, personal memories and collective heritage inaccessible even a few years from now - despite backup routines. Digital preservation is our collective effort of making sure that the digital data of today remain accessible tomorrow.
Come to our lunchtime session and learn more about Digital Preservation. Our event will feature a talk by Digital Library Services manager, Niklas Zimmer, entitled "Digital Preservation: Moving Beyond Backup"
Time: Thu 7 Nov, 1-2pm at the Kirby Collection Room at the South African College of Music, Lower Campus.
Light Refershments will be served
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- Thursday, November 7, 2019
- 13:00 - 14:00
- Kirby Collection Room
- Lower Campus
From the Digital Preservation Coalition Website:
With the theme 'At-Risk Digital Materials' the digital preservation community will come together to celebrate their work - the collections they have preserved, the access they have maintained and the understanding they have fostered by preserving digital materials.
Pervasive, changing and ubiquitous, digital technologies are a defining feature of our age. Digital materials are a core commodity for industry, commerce and government. They are fundamental for research, the law and medicine. The creative industries, cultural heritage and the media depend on reliable access to digital materials while families and friends extend and sustain their relationships through digital interactions. What better reasons to celebrate the opportunities created by digital preservation?!
The aim of World Digital Preservation Day is to create greater awareness of digital preservation that will translate into a wider understanding which permeates all aspects of society – business, policy making, personal good practice.