Category: Personal Archiving

Am I a Good Steward of My Own Digital Life?

After reading a great post by the Smithsonian Institution Archives on Archiving Family Traditions, I started thinking about my own activities as a steward of my and my family’s digital life. I give myself a “C” at best. Now, I am not a bad steward of my own digital life.  I make sure there are […]

Personal Digital Archiving 2014: Building Stronger Personal Digital Archiving Communities

There is a growing community of individuals who are interested in the preservation of personal digital information.  Those individuals may include professionals working in libraries and archives who are receiving personal collections, scholars working with their own research materials and data, commercial companies working on consumer products to help people organize and save their digital […]

Lee Harvey Oswald’s Laptop: Forensics and Conspiracy

What if the Kennedy assassination had happened during the era of smartphones and laptops? And, assuming the perpetrator left a digital trail, would that evidence uncover any associated conspiracy? As we approach the 50th anniversary of that awful day in Dallas, recent public opinion polls indicate that over 60 percent of Americans believe more than […]

Digital Preservation at the National Book Festival 2013

This past weekend I got to do one of my favorite things of the year: work at the NDIIPP Digital Preservation booth at the 2013 National Book Festival. Why is it one of my favorite things to do each year? Because I get to hear from real people about what their personal digital preservation issues […]

Dear Husband: I’m So Sorry for Your Data Loss

This is a guest post by Abbie Grotke, Web Archiving Team Lead. We recently moved to a new house, and my husband, a professional musician, has been working on setting up a music and recording studio upstairs now that we have the room. Alongside the clarinets, saxophones and keyboard sit a desktop computer (with better […]

♫ Beep, Boop, La La La: The George Sanger Collection at UT Austin Videogame Archive

In 2007, George Sanger and three other videogame industry leaders collaborated with the University of Texas at Austin to create the UT Videogame Archive at the Briscoe Center for American History. Sanger — who is best known by his persona, The Fat Man– is an award-winning, groundbreaking composer and sound designer who has created audio for more than 250 […]

My Summer of Creating Video Tutorials for Personal Digital Archiving

This is a guest post by Ingrid Jernudd, a volunteer with NDIIPP. For the past week, I’ve been working on creating video tutorials for personal digital archiving and I must say – creating these videos is quite fun! With the various types of video editing software, I find the process to be relatively intuitive. I’m […]

Archivists Bridge the Digital Divide at SAA 2013

We’re big fans and proponents of face-to-face meetings and conferences a means to explore best practices and share lessons learned within and outside of the digital stewardship community. We can’t attend every event, so that’s why I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to go to the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists, August […]

A New Guide for Archiving Digital Video

The human rights organization, witness.org, — who gave a presentation at Digital Preservation 2013 — just published The Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video. Though this guide is intended for human rights activists, it covers all aspects of digital video archiving so thoroughly that it is of value to anyone and everyone, from individuals archiving their […]

Learning About (and Contributing to) Digital Preservation Outreach

This is a guest post by Ingrid Jernudd, a volunteer with NDIIPP. I am a senior at Stanford University who is pursuing a degree in psychology. In the past I have worked for a public relations firm, worked on planning events and with community outreach for Stanford Dining, and been a research assistant in psychology […]