Wikipedia:WikiProject Digital Preservation

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WikiProject Digital Preservation
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Welcome to WikiProject Digital Preservation. This project was formed to improve Wikipedia's coverage of digital preservation and the organization of information and articles on this topic. It was initiated by members of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), but participation by digital preservation practitioners everywhere is encouraged. If you would like to help, please join the project, inquire on the talk page and see the open tasks below.


The scope of this project is to reorganize and revise the content of the current Digital Preservation article so that it reflects the current state of the field and is better suited to ongoing updating and editing. We will also review related articles to determine their content and relationship to the main article. A further goal of this effort is to include links to relevant standards and best practices in the field of digital preservation.

An outline of the proposed organization of the new article and a page showing proposed new and revised content have been made available as Google documents:

Revised outline:

Proposed new content:

These links and a discussion of the project have also been posted to the article's Talk page.

Anyone with comments or suggestions about the outline should feel free to comment on this article's Talk Page or contact wikipresarticle [at]

Our current strategy is to insert new and revised content piecemeal, reorganizing the structure gradually rather than reformulating the entire article at once.

Open tasks[edit]

This project will improve the digital preservation article (this article acts as a portal to the articles tracked by this project) and selected related articles, and assess the quality of the unassessed pages.

Contributors will also be encouraged to: spread the word about this project, identify or create missing articles, add expert knowledge to improve an article, expand a stub, add or improve references in an article, help to resolve a dispute, ask or answer a question, assess an article's quality, etc.


Please feel free to add yourself here if you'd like to participate. You can add {{Wikipedia:WikiProject Digital Preservation/Userbox}} to your user page to show that you are a member of this project.

  1. A goethals (talk · contribs)
  2. Davissp (talk · contribs)
  3. Pcaplan (talk · contribs)
  4. Edsu (talk · contribs)
  5. LoriLee (talk · contribs)
  6. Nullhandle (talk · contribs)
  7. David Underdown (talk · contribs) (Involved with PRONOM and other digital preservation activities at The National Archives (UK) 15:49, 20 April 2012 (UTC)
  8. AndrewNJackson (talk · contribs) (Particularly interested in aligning/interlinking Wikipedia with other relevant resources, e.g. PRONOM) 09:44, 24 April 2012 (UTC)
  9. Sjhnumber1 (talk · contribs) (Sharing knowledge recently gained at DPTP from ULCC) 05:07, 10 July 2012 (UTC)
  10. masinter (talk · contribs) (Work on file formats and preservation, standards for file formats, and theory of format evolution) 18:25, 11 July 2012 (UTC)
  11. tjowens (talk · contribs)
  12. Nkrabben (talk · contribs)
  13. Dvsok (talk · contribs)
  14. Daniel Mietchen (talk · contribs) - mostly interested in preserving scientific information and in linking Wikimedia with other efforts in the area. 05:16, 1 October 2012 (UTC)
  15. klee (talk · contribs) (interested in digital preservation activities and standards) 14:59, 4 July 2013 (UTC)
  16. Lisacardy (talk · contribs) (UK LOCKSS Alliance steering committee member)
  17. PatienceFortitude (talk · contribs) (I am interested in improving citations and fleshing out stub-class articles relevant to these topics. 21:26, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
  18. Verwinv (talk · contribs) (I am involved with the PreForma project and PrestoCentre and interested in working on digital preservation topics related to audiovisual heritage).
  19. Todrobbins (talk · contribs) (Interested in audiovisual preservation)
  20. Kgrons (talk · contribs) (Started working during 2014 AMIA/DLF Hack Day Edit-a-thon; interested in clarification of digital preservation documentation and resources.) 11:00, 8 October 2014 (ET)
  21. athena (talk · contribs) (Started working during 2014 AMIA/DLF Hack Day Edit-a-thon; interested in focusing on fundamentals of digital preservation section) 11:14, 8 October 2014 (ET)
  22. M2545 (talk · contribs) 17:07, 13 August 2015 (UTC)
  23. morskyjezek (talk · contribs) 4:10, 1 November 2017‎
  24. MassiveEartha (talk · contribs) 04:38, 21 June 2018 (UTC)
  25. Deep Gabriel (talk · contribs) 05:15, 23 December 2019 (UTC)

New entries go at the bottom. Entry format:

  1. Name (talk · contribs) (I am interested in working on...) 14:51, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

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Review and assessment[edit]

Assessment of Digital Preservation Articles[edit]

Articles are assessed using the system and definitions developed as part of Wikipedia 1.0. This project rates articles by quality but not by importance. This scale is useful for tracking the progress of articles from the low end of unassessed or stubs through the high end of featured articles.

Articles are assessed by placing or updating a quality assessment on the talk page of an article. Anyone can rate an article. The only exceptions are the Good Article and Featured Article quality grades. These should only be added to articles which have been through the standard Wikipedia Good Article Nomination and Featured Article Candidacy procedures.



This is a holding spot for categorizing articles in different ways (thematically or by quality or both).

User categories:


Project templates
  • Project banner - for use when assessing the quality of articles
  • Project Userbox - for project members to include on their user pages to indicate participation in this project
Navigational templates
Other templates


Related WikiProjects[edit]