Resources for archiving your personal digital data

Today I had the pleasure of contributing to the Radio Boston program, hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti and with Bina Venkataraman as her guest.

For information about how to preserve your digital data follow-up with these resources:

Personal Archiving at the Library of Congress
The Signal, blog at the Library of Congress

Taking time each year to go through your digital files and decide what to keep and what to delete can be easier if you do it during Preservation Week.  Check for programs, workshops, and activities happening in your local area.  In 2016, Preservation Week will be April 24-30 and is usually the last week in April.

In April for Preservation Week 2015 at MIT Libraries, Jessica Venlet, Fellow for Digital Archives and I hosted an activity, Connect the Clues! Exploring Personal Archives.  Read her Connect the Clues! blog post about the activity and link to the presentation slides and resources handout. Check out these tips for archiving your content from social media sites, steps for finding, selecting, storing, and managing your digital files, and some information on legal and digital estate planning: Tips for Personal Digital Archiving, ver3.

Thanks to Radio Boston for hosting a great segment on a topic that effects all creators and users of digital data!

About Kari R. Smith

Kari is Digital Archivist at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Libraries. She is also a senior instructor of the Digital Preservation Management Workshops series.
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