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Saving-Over, Over-Saving, and the Future Mess of Writers' Digital Archives: A Survey Report on the Personal Digital Archiving Practices of Emerging Writers

Title

Saving-Over, Over-Saving, and the Future Mess of Writers' Digital Archives: A Survey Report on the Personal Digital Archiving Practices of Emerging Writers

Subject

Personal Archives

Description

This article reports findings from a survey of 110 writers' personal digital archiving practices. The authors found that most writers neglect digital archival concerns, and consequently, their digital archives consist of poorly managed, highly distributed, and unsystematically labeled files. Writers are not entirely to blame for their neglect, however, as they develop archival practices idiosyncratically, with little or no guidance from information professionals, and 80% indicate they would welcome instruction on digital preservation. The authors recommend that archivists actively approach writers to offer guidance on the best and simplest ways to organize and archive their files so as to prevent further losses. (Provided by authors)

Creator

Becker, Devin and
Nogues, Collier

Publisher

The Society of American Archivists

Date

2012

Contributor

Brionna Eaddy

Type

Journal Article

Bibliographic Citation

Becker, Devin, and Collier Nogues. 2012. "Saving-Over, Over-Saving, and the Future Mess of Writers' Digital Archives: A Survey Report on the Personal Digital Archiving Practices of Emerging Writers." The American Archivist, 2012. 482. JSTOR Journals, EBSCOhost (accessed April 6, 2016).

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Collection

Citation

Becker, Devin and Nogues, Collier, “Saving-Over, Over-Saving, and the Future Mess of Writers' Digital Archives: A Survey Report on the Personal Digital Archiving Practices of Emerging Writers,” Digital Archiving Resources, accessed September 21, 2017, http://dar.cah.ucf.edu/items/show/298.