* How to PRESERVE Family History Treasures

.Time publishes a magazine called Business 2.0. Circulation: 557,093. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. By all accounts, this fine publication has done a great job warning their readers about how dangerous it is not to back up their computer files. According to Slashdot, they made the following analogy between backups and flossing back in 2003: […]

.Variety has an interesting article about how to preserve movies that were captured digitally. The news is not so good. Sony’s Vice President of asset management and film restoration says Sony’s archiving program includes migrating every two to three years. Great idea, but keep in mind that the amount of data to be migrated is […]

Here is THE directory of experts in the conservation of photographs, paintings, manuscripts, books, textiles, artifacts, and electronic media of all kinds — including albums, tapes, video and film. Searchable by location and/or specialty. Neat-o. AIC FORM FOR SELECTING A CONSERVATOR.

RealSimple’s tip of the day is How to Organize Your Digital Photos. The article discusses ways to upload and share images via online digital albums. There are, of course, many more options than the ones suggested in this piece. Print your digitals. Hands-down the single easiest thing you can do to extend the life of […]

.Remember how I was complaining just a few minutes ago about links that download PDFs automatically? Well, I just started reading one of them and it’s great. Yeah, life can be funny that way. Ensuring the Longevity of Digital Information by Jeff RothenbergRevision: February 22, 1999Click here to download the PDF. Here’s his great opener: […]

SaveMyMemories.org has a handy-dandy crash course on preserving digital photos. The “quickstart” overview promises: “Protect your photos with these 4 easy steps!” My quick review: Marvelous tips, worth a read. Here’s a sample from the hardware overview: If you get a new computer, check all of your previous storage media to make sure the new […]

Did someone declare this digital preservation month? Because if they did, I sure didn’t get the meemo. Here’s a roundup of the news from digital preservation land. File Under “Oops” So you accidentally wipe out the database. Oh, and the backup drive, too. There was still hope, until the department discovered its third line of […]

.The safest place to store your cherished mementos is an interior closet with some form of climate control. What do I mean by climate control? Well, archival repositories have very specific parameters for temperature and humidity* but let’s be practical (it is, after all, what I’m known for). When I say climate control I mean […]

.Has it ever occurred to you that JPEG could disappear? Seems impossible, I know. But digital preservation isn’t only about the recording media. Let’s suspend reality for a moment and pretend that DVDs really will last forever. You still need to have software that can convert 1’s and 0’s into a photo of a chubby […]

Does your family archive include ticket stubs, programs, licenses or calling cards? Whether they were forgotten in the pages of a book or carefully pasted into a scrapbook, these items are what we call ephemera. The glossary by the Society of American Archivists defines ephemera as “materials, usually printed documents, created for a specific, limited […]