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The Bit List of Digitally Endangered Species

Have you ever wondered about the life expectancy of various forms of digital media? The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) curates a list of digitally endangered species, which is reviewed on an annual basis and is made public via this website. The Bit List Jury, which is comprised of an "esteemed international panel of digital preservation experts," assesses digital materials and formats of concern and includes their findings in varying categories listed here. The most recent revision was completed in November 2018. The Bit List full report is available via a PDF from the Endangered Species page, but readers wishing for summarized content should check out the listed categories on the site. Risk classifications are broken down into lower risk (currently containing no digital materials), vulnerable (web-based social media platform posts), endangered (born-digital photos and video uploaded to social media or cloud services), critically endangered (born-digital materials stored on external or portable storage devices), and practically extinct (pre-WWW data and bulletin board services). There is also a category for digital materials of concern that the Bit List Jury will review in the future. Each risk classification category includes examples of the concerned digital media and reasoning for being concerned. For more detailed information about each of these risk classifications, readers should peruse the detailed Bit List report mentioned previously. Readers wishing to delve further into digital preservation (particularly if concerned about their organization's current digital preservation plan) should check out the Executive Guide to Digital Preservation, which is available via a separate tab on the DPC site.
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-12-07
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