Digital Archiving Resources

Personal Archiving

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Personal Archiving

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Individual, family, and community histories are increasingly being documented and preserved on the Internet through a wide array of social media, software products, and services. Stories, images, and video are being uploaded, organized, and accessed on the Web.

This collection aims to highlight methods and materials having to do with personal archiving, and its relationship to the field of digital archiving.

Items in the Personal Archiving Collection

Why Digital Preservation is Important for You
"Increasingly our possessions and our communications are no longer material, they’re digital and they are dependent on technology to make them accessible. As new technology emerges and current technology becomes obsolete, we need to actively manage…

How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records
"In every family someone ends up with Mom's and Dad's "stuff"—a lifetime's worth of old family photos, papers, and memorabilia packed into boxes, trunks, and suitcases. This inheritance can be as much a burden as it is a blessing. How do you…

Thousands of Images, Now What: Painlessly Organize, Save, and Back Up Your Digital Photos
Tackle the challenges of digital photo file management!

If you find yourself with more digital photos than you know what to do with or at a loss as to how to begin organizing them all, then Digital Asset Management (DAM) is your solution. This…

Archiving Digital Photos
This Youtube video provides education and standards on the functions and uses of preserving photographs through digital means. The Library of Congress offers not only how this can be done, but benefits to having this information under one's belt. The…

Create Your Own Family Archive
"Our mission is simple — to help you capture, preserve, organize and enjoy your family's most valuable photos, papers, stories and mementos using archival best practices, methodologies and supplies. We know our advice and supplies are the best,…

The Library of Congress and Personal Digital Archiving
The importance of personal digital preservation and the problems involved in preservation.

Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving
This publication contains a series of blog posts, compiled from The Signal, on the subject of personal digital archiving. Specifically, the topics include guidance for such things as choosing file formats and adding descriptions to digital photos;…

Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage
This centers on the archiving and retrieval of digital material is an excellent resource for anyone who is responsible for preserving their personal and collective stories. It emphasizes the importance of capturing and preserving our stories and the…

Gone in a Flash? Personal Digital Archiving Workshop
"Gone In a Flash?" is the recording of a digital archiving workshop conducted at Columbia University in 2012. The workshop illuminates organization and preservation practices important for individuals, especially academics, who want to make sure…

The D.A.M. Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers, 2nd Ed.
Since its first-edition printing in 2003, The DAM Book has become one of the standard references for photographers trying to build and protect their digital archives. In this revised edition, Krogh takes a holistic approach, outlining what he refers…