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Examples of personal digital content to be preserved


How to Preserve Your Own Digital Materials

NDIIPP publication: "Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving" (2013)

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; first hand accounts of working with and preserving personal collections; descriptions of outreach activities and interviews with library professionals on the subject of personal digital archiving, and many others.

Link to the full publication (PDF).

Personal Digital Archiving Day Kit

The Library of Congress has held Personal Digital Archiving Day events to provide this basic guidance to individuals about preserving personal and family memories in digital form. You can read about those events here and here and here.

Are you interested in hosting your own personal digital archiving event? Take a look at our Personal Digital Archiving Day Kit for planning guidance and relevant information resources you can use to develop your own program.

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Personal Digital Memories Poster (PDF, 4.6 Mb)
A printable version of a poster presented at iPRES2010, that discusses our Personal Archiving activities.

Watch "Why Digital Preservation is Important for Everyone"
This short video explores how digital content – unlike content on traditional media – depends on technology to make it available.

Take the quiz
Learn interesting facts! Did you know that digital materials can be more difficult to preserve than physical materials?

"Preserving Digital Culture" Presentation
An interactive slideshow about digital heritage and the importance of digital preservation.

Check out the latest digital preservation news from the Library.

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