DigiPres Commons Community-owned digital preservation resources

The digital preservation community is small and under resourced. This means we have to work together if we want to make a real impact. This site aims to provide a gateway to all of the wonderful community-owned and community-oriented resources out there that are dedicated to digital preservation.

Find or describe tools

The Community Owned digital Preservation Tool Registry, COPTR has unified five isolated tool registries. It provides an easy-to-edit wiki interface where we can share our knowledge about, and experiences with, tools used for digital preservation purposes. If you create a new digipres tool, please add it to COPTR, but before you create a new tool, please use COPTR to find similar ones and see if you might be able to extend or improve some of the existing tools.

Digital preservation needs high-quality tools, but to get high-quality tools, we need rich and varied test corpora to stretch those tools to their limits.

Understanding formats

We need to understand the formats of the resources we care for, and the software they depend on. The Just Solve The File Format Problem Wiki contains detailed information on hundreds of formats, and will welcome any contributions you can make. You could also consider contributing to and refine the contents of UDFR, which is a more formal linked data registry.

If you’re interesting in understanding the file format risks you should be concerned about (e.g. JP2), you can refer to the file format risks registry. If you have good examples of digital resources and their risks, please consider adding them to a test corpus.

Explore Preservation Issues

The Digital Preservation Q&A site provide a space where anyone can ask questions and receive answers from other members of the digital preservation community.

Discussion forums and active blogs provide the opportunity to share informal advice and war stories, get recommendations and discuss the finer points of digital preservation. By sharing both your intentions for digital preservation work and your results, you can ensure your work benefits from a wealth of community experience.

For material that describes the broader issues, you can refer to Digital Preservation on Wikipedia, and consider contributing to the Digital Preservation Wikipedia Project.

Build Your Case

Start with the Digital Preservation Business Case Toolkit, and use the POWRR One Pagers to educate stakeholders about the issues.

Share your challenges and solutions with the community, and view the resulting record of digital preservation practice.

Visual examples of digital preservation challenges, such as graphic corruption, can be incredibly useful in communicating the digital preservation message. That’s why we built the Atlas of Digital Damages Gallery and website -

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The goal is to help the international digital preservation community to find eachother, to grow, and to find ways to support eachother. Crucially, we want to help pool our knowledge and resources so we can do more and better preservation, and try to avoid anyone re-inventing the wheel. Of course, this ethos also extends to this gateway site, so please [raise any issues (e.g. what have we missed?)](https://github.com/digipres/digipres.github.io/issues), [contribute to this web site](https://github.com/digipres/digipres.github.io), or [discuss your ideas with us](https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/digipres).

All images sourced from the Noun Project, including: Question image by Henry Ryder, Swiss Army Knife image by Olivier Guin, Add folder image by Sergio Calcara, People image by T. Weber, Cross hairs image by __Lo._ and chain image by Adam Whitcroft.