Recommendations for Authors and Creators

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Overview and Best Practices

Library of Congress guidelines on "How to Preserve Your Own Digital Materials"


Includes instructions on how to scan your personal collections, and information about how long digital storage media last. Specific tips are provided for photographs, audio, video, email, personal digital records and websites.

Additionally, you will find here a video on "Why Digital Preservation is Important for you".

Key points of much of this guidance can be downloaded in a single brochure: "Preserving Your Digital Memories".


International Imaging Industry Association recommendations for digital photos: "Are your memories safe?"

This site provides a comprehensive overview of what needs to be considered, and also drills down to specifics, such as how to label, how to back up, what to do in case of hard drive failure, virus attack or camera card failure.

Personal Digital Archiving iLibrarian Series"

Based on a 3-hour hands-on workshop on "Personal Digital Archiving," this site features a series of blog posts by Ellyssa Kroski, Manager of Information Systems at the New York Law Institute.


"Cloud storage: a pricing and feature guide for consumers"

Dated April 26, 2012, this is a blog post by Casey Johnston to assist those who want to store their content in the cloud.


"Guidelines for creators of personal archives"

This practical overview from the Paradigm project (University of Manchester and JISC) includes practical tips, including intellectual property rights and privacy concerns and the benefits of using open source software.


"Your Digital Afterlife"

Do you use blogs, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or other social media? Here's your options for managing and/or archiving your content there so you can back it up properly.


"Archiving Cell Phone Text Messages"

If you value this type of correspondence... this is worth a read. It's not easy or convenient, but it is possible to capture this content.



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