Digital Preservation Coalition

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Digital Preservation Coalition
Legal statusNon-profit organisation
PurposeThe Digital Preservation Coalition exists to secure the global digital legacy by enabling its members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital assets and by raising awareness of the strategic, cultural and technological challenges they face.
  • Two offices: Glasgow and York
Region served
DPC members represent global corporations, national and local memory institutions, higher education and research institutions, broadcasters, strategic investors and funding bodies and professional bodies. Organizations of any kind may join the DPC provided they share the Coalition's vision and principles.
Main organ
DPC Board

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is a UK-based non-profit limited company which seeks to secure the preservation of digital resources in the UK and internationally to secure the global digital memory and knowledge base.


The Digital Preservation Coalition was established in 2001 in the UK by a group of organisations from the academic, library, archive, cultural and business sectors. These organisations, each interested in digital preservation, were concerned that, over the long term, the national and international heritage of material created, managed and stored digitally is at risk. They saw the opportunity to work in a collective, cooperative and coordinated way to achieve objectives which were common to them all.


The DPC continues to achieve its aims through advocacy activities, community engagement, workforce development, capacity-building, good practice and good governance:

  • Community Engagement: enabling a growing number of agencies and individuals in all sectors and in all countries to participate in a dynamic and mutually supportive digital preservation community.
  • Advocacy: campaigning for a political and institutional climate more responsive and better informed about the digital preservation challenge; raising awareness about the new opportunities that resilient digital assets create.
  • Workforce Development: providing opportunities for members to acquire, develop and retain competent and responsive work forces that are ready to address the challenges of digital preservation.
  • Capacity Building: supporting and assuring members in the delivery and maintenance of high quality and sustainable digital preservation services through knowledge exchange, technology watch, research and development.
  • Good Practice and Standards: identifying and developing good practice and standards that make digital preservation achievable, supporting efforts to ensure services are tightly matched to shifting requirements.
  • Management and Governance: ensuring the DPC is a sustainable, competent organization focussed on member needs, providing a robust and trusted platform for collaboration within and beyond the Coalition.

As part of its Advocacy activities, the DPC convenes the Digital Preservation Awards every two years in order to celebrate the excellence and innovation which helps to secure our global digital legacy.  

The Digital Preservation Awards were created in 2004 to raise awareness about digital preservation. The Awards enable the DPC to endorse and celebrate outstanding work which may go unrecognized by other communities and which may be little known among the senior managers of the agencies undertaking this work.

In its early iterations (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2010) the DPC sponsored a single award under the auspices of the Conservation Awards. In 2012, to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Coalition, the DPC organized the Digital Preservation Awards under its own mandate, offering 3 awards – an award for teaching and communications, an award for research and innovation, and a special tenth anniversary award for outstanding contribution to digital preservation. In 2014 a further 2 awards were offered and in 2016 the DPC Fellowship was offered for the first time.

Since 2017, the DPC has also facilitated World Digital Preservation Day. This takes place on the first Thursday of every November. This day brings the digital preservation community together to celebrate their work, whilst creating a greater awareness of digital preservation that will translate into a wider understanding which permeates all aspects of society – business, policy making, personal good practice.

Coalition membership[edit]

There are two routes to participation in the DPC’s activities:

  • Full Membership: which offers extended access to the Coalition and its staff and outputs, as well as the opportunity to target the Coalition’s expertise on specific thematic areas.
  • Associate Membership: which offers priority access to events, programs and publications and the opportunity to develop innovative cross sector partnerships.

DPC members represent global corporations, local, national and international memory institutions, government bodies, higher education and research institutions, broadcasters, strategic investors, funding bodies and professional bodies.

Organizations of any kind may join the DPC provided they share the Coalition's vision and principles.

The DPC also maintains relationships with Allied Organizations who collaborate with the Coalition on specific activities and goals and participate by invitation in selected activities. They can include individual commercial organizations who work with the Coalition to promote a dialogue with industry on digital preservation issues, and developing solutions and standards, or other national and international organizations.

Honorary personal membership is granted to long standing colleagues of the DPC who are not eligible for membership.

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