When you have digitized something, you have:
- Made it easier to share
- Made it easier to disseminate
- Made it easier to copy
- Made it easier to restore
- Made it easier to index
You have not:
- Archived it.
- Probably made it last for more than a couple of years.
Threats to digital data enclude:
- Hard to retrieve—buried with useless information
- Physical deterioration
- Lapsed, Purposely Destroyed
- Un-useable format, Digital Obsolescene
The solutions I propose in my "Will Your Work Survive the Digital Age?" Lecture are these:
- Dissemination: Store many copies in many situations and places
- Refreshing/Back Up: Make a new copy in the same format to avoid physical deterioration
- Replication: Making many copies of the material in different format
- Migration: Move to the new system, newest software, newest format
- Naming, Tagging and Filing: Use descriptive keywords and keep files organized.
We'll discuss each of these shortly. More to come...
Well said...I look forward to the sequels!
Cheers -- Randy
Great post Janet. I've been pushing the concept of a "data backup day" on the 1st of each month. I've placed it as an event on the Genea-Bloggers group and on the Google Calendar for genea-bloggers.
Thanks a lot for this information. I was planning to "some day" scan all my information and toss the originals in the basement. But now I'll be more aware of keeping the originals safe.
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