Digital Archiving Resources

Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage

Title

Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage

Subject

Personal archives

Description

This collection of essays explores the practical aspects of archiving outside of an institutional setting. The authors specifically address issues that everyday people confront when trying to figure out how to handle not only the growing size of their digital footprint, but also how to preserve one’s family or personal history. Mike Ashenfelder from the Library of Congress accurately identifies the current dilemma: “Most of the general public—the largest group of digital-file stakeholders in the world—are unaware of what digital preservation or personal digital archiving is or why they should care.”

Ashenfelder stresses that organization and redundancy are key to confronting the issue. Personal Archiving also addresses topics ranging from how to create a family archive, software choices (although these will change over time), digital inheritance, legal implications, and social media concerns. The volume is written in an easy-to-understand tone and addresses the issues facing a generation of digital users who may or may not realize they are at risk of losing their personal archive in terms of pictures, correspondence, and documents unless they create a backup plan.

Creator

Donald Hawkins, ed.

Publisher

Information Today, INC.

Date

2013

Contributor

Robert Clarke

Type

Book

Identifier

ISBN-13: 978-1573874809

Bibliographic Citation

Hawkins, Donald T., ed. Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2013. Print.

Files

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Collection

Citation

Donald Hawkins, ed., “Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage,” Digital Archiving Resources, accessed November 18, 2017, http://dar.cah.ucf.edu/items/show/287.