Personal Digital Archiving Day Kit
Additional planning resources
Here are additional resources you may find useful in planning your event. These resources may be updated regularly.
- ALA-ALCTS Preservation Week: Information about Preservation Week and resources to help you plan your event.
Additional personal digital archiving resources
- JISC Digital Media: This advice documents cover all aspects of creating and using digital media resources.
- Paradigm Guidelines for Creators of Personal Archives: A series practical tips to help creators maintain a personal digital archive from the UK Paradigm project.
- The Signal: Digital Preservation Blog: The NDIIPP program bloggers frequently write about personal digital archiving challenges.
- Preserving Digital Photographs: Tips for preserving digital photos from the National Library of New Zealand.
- File Format Migration: dpBestflow.org: From the American Society of Media Photographers the Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow (dpBestflow®) project. researched ways to streamline and improve the process, production and preservation of commercial digital artwork. This exert provides information about file format migration for digital images.
Personal Digital Records
- Data Liberation Front: Information for users about how to move their personal data in and out of Google products.
- Digital Video Preservation: Identifying Containers and Codecs:A blog post from the Smithsonian Institution Archives discussing some digital video formats used for preservation.
- Preserving Sound Recordings :Tips for preserving sound recordings from the National Library of New Zealand.
- JISC Digital Media: Choosing a Digital Audio Format: This web resource provides advice, guidance and training to discuss some of the key factors that should be considered before choosing an audio format and suggest suitable file formats for specific applications. It also provides information about open vs. proprietary formats.
- MUSE: Muse (short for Memories Using Email) is a program that helps users revive memories, using their long-term email archives.
- You've Still Got Mail:A blog post from the Smithsonian Institution Archives discussing some email management strategies.
- HTTrack Website Copier : HTTrack is a free (GPL, libre/free software) and easy-to-use offline browser utility. It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer.
- Scrapbook: This is a Firefox extension that, once installed, allows you to save and manage web pages. It includes a variety of capturing options, as well as organizing and editing features.
- Save as….: E How walks you through the process of saving a web page to your hard drive. If you are using a Mac, Apple’s Safari browser has a “Save as…webpage” feature.
- Caring for CDs and Their Longevity: From the Canadian Conservation Institute, a FAQ about handling and caring for optical media.
- JISC Digital Media: Choosing a File Name: File naming is a vital first step for those beginning to digitize. This document from JISC Digital Media, which provides advice, guidance and training to the UK's Further and Higher Education community, examines planning and using an effective file naming system when managing digital files. This paper highlights the advantages of using the 8.3 convention and looks at some options when naming derivative, surrogate files.
- Retro Media: Memory and Memories Lost: Online exhibit about media archiving from the University at Buffalo Libraries that provides a brief history of a variety of media formats and touches on computer data and storage along with the role of libraries in preservation and migration.
Introduction to digital preservation resources
If you would like to learn more about digital preservation, these are some useful websites for you to explore.
- Digital Preservation Handbook: The Digital Preservation Coalition's guide to the subject of managing digital resources over time and the issues in sustaining access to them.
- Digital Preservation Education for NC State Government Employees: This site has resources that can help North Carolina state government employees, and users of digital materials in general, learn what they need to know about digital preservation.
- Digital Tape Preservation Strategy: Preserving Data or Video? An essay about the philosophies and strategies applied to large scale video collections that are both born-digital and tape-based.
- The Fragility of Digital Materials: An exert from Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting The Past on The Web that discusses in detail why digital formats are fragile and at-risk.
- JISC Beginner's Guide to Digital Preservation Blog : A to guide to digital preservation for those working on UK JISC projects.
- NEDCC Preservation Toolkit: A project sponsored by IMLS, this webiste documents Surveying Digital Preservation Readiness:
Toolkit for Cultural Organizations.
- Team Digital Preservation : A series of videos created by Digital Preservation Europe to describe digital preservation challenges.