Personal Digital Archiving 2014


Mike Ashenfelder

By Mike Ashenfelder

Digital preservation is a familiar issue among the world’s leading cultural institutions. But despite over a decade of institutional success in preserving digital files and collections, most of the general public, the largest group of digital-file stakeholders in the world are unaware of what digital preservation or personal digital archiving is or why they should care. Today, most people, young and old, have some sort of digital files to preserve digital photographs are the most common. They need to know that their digital stuff is at risk of being lost unless they do something about it.

The Library of Congress is trying to remedy that by reaching out to partner with public libraries and other local institutions to teach the public about personal digital archives.

The Library is firmly rooted in digital preservation and has been building up its expertise since the mid-1990s with the American memory Project. But the Library’s true digital preservation work began in 2000 when it helped found the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. its goal was and is to foster digital preservation research, collaboration, and standardization among government agencies, cultural institutions, and other stakeholders.

This week we will delve deeper into the work of the Library of Congress’s to teach preservation to everyone in subsequent blogs.

Watch this space.

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