Homemade digital preservation is a term that I've invented myself. Some scholarly articles say personal digital preservation. In any case is digital preservation applied to our personal digital objects.
All of us know what digital preservation is as a way to preserve digital objects over time on the long-term, we have to decide whether we want to make homade digital preservation. This means preserve digital objects at home.
Many of us need to do digital preservation at home. We can not go to a great public institution, do not have specialized staff (well I do, but not everyone is, so take profit of it), money is often a problem and the time too.
So, after all of these inconvinients, can we work on digital preservation at home? It is sure that most part of this technique depends on our purchasing power, but prior to know what we would need at home to digitally preserve things, ask yourself what you want to keep or you want to apply digital preservation of your personal documents.
Here is a list of possible objects that you may have at home:
- Pictures in paper format
- Negatives of photographs
- Slides. There are various sizes depending on the year they were done.
- personal letters
- business letters
- official letters
- various family documents
- kitchen recetes
- tickets to the football games
- tickets museums of your tours
- travel brochures
- airline tickets
- official documents as passports,
- ration cards
- bus tickets
- metro tickets
- attractions tickets (Mary goes round, bumpers...)
- Opera tickets .... the list is endless
- Beta format video clips
- movies on super 8
- documents written in Word
- Documents created in old computers such Amstrad 64, Amstrad 128, Spectrum, Atari computers
- Powerpoint documents
- spreadsheets Qpro,
- 1-2-3 spreadsheets
- Digital pictures
- Digital video (there are different formats, discussed in later post),
- Autocad documents
- E-mail in many programs: Outlook, Thunderbird, Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo
- images and videos from you social networks accounts
Did I miss something?
send it to me or make a comment and we will add it to the list.
Information in physical support:
- External hard disks,
- computer hard disk from old computer that are away
- 5 "1/4 Floppy
- 2" 1/2
- Data tapes
- ZIP drives,
- Some old computer with an unknown operating system
This is a list of what we would have to preserve at home.
First of all, organize your list and plan what you wants to keep.
In the next post we go through all these topics, I'll describe possibilities, review products, technical issues that we will gradually learn.