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Personal Digital Archiving: Storing, Organising and Protecting Your Digital Content for the Future

Digital Repository of Ireland and National Archives, Ireland

Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (IST)

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Personal Digital Archiving:
Storing, Organising and Protecting Your Digital Content for the Future

Speaker: Sara Day Thomson, Digital Preservation Coalition
Thursday 26 September, 6.00pm
Royal Irish Academy
Followed by a wine reception

 

Synopsis

 

Like paper archives, digital files might include memories of a life-long friendship; life stories that communicate a particular social, political, cultural or religious perspective; health or financial information that may be of interest to both immediate family and future historians; or all of the above. The power of a personal digital archive lies in an individual’s ability to assess the personal value of their own files and determine a course of action for safeguarding them and deciding the extent to which they want to share them with family, friends, a cultural heritage institution or even directly online.  Gabriela Redwine, Personal Digital Archiving, DPC Technology Watch Report

 

Personal digital archives, as asserted by Redwine in her report, serve many different purposes and possess value for a broad range of individuals, families, researchers and collecting institutions. But as the passage above indicates – personal digital archives are only as valuable as the ability to find, search and use them. In her talk, Sara Day Thomson will outline the risks facing the average person’s digital material and present strategies for managing some common types of digital files for future access. She will give advice on how to name files in a meaningful, organised way and provide some tips on how and where to store all these digital bits and bytes. Overall, this talk will prompt people to start thinking about how they use and manage their digital files and memories and outline some simple steps to safeguard them for the future.


What Will This Talk Cover?

  • What are personal digital archives and why should I care?

  • Who is responsible for preserving personal digital archives?

  • Where should digital files be stored and backed-up?

  • Why is file naming and choosing file formats important?

  • What are good practices for looking after digital images?

  • What are some strategies for managing email?

  • How can web and social media content be captured and saved?

  • Where can I find more information and guidance on preserving personal digital archives?


Audience

General public

 

About the Series

This is the inaugural lecture in a new collaborative series between the Digital Repository of Ireland and the National Archives, Ireland; attendees are invited to join the wine reception that follows.

Have questions about Personal Digital Archiving: Storing, Organising and Protecting Your Digital Content for the Future? Contact Digital Repository of Ireland and National Archives, Ireland

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The Royal Irish Academy
19 Dawson Street
D02 HH58 Dublin 2
Ireland

Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (IST)


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Digital Repository of Ireland and National Archives, Ireland

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is a national trusted digital repository (TDR) for Ireland’s social and cultural data. The repository provides sustained acess to unique and important collections from a variety of organisations including higher education institutions, cultural institutions, government agencies, and specialist archives. In addition to providing trusted digital repository services, the DRI is also Ireland’s research centre for best practices in digital archiving, repository infrastructures, preservation policy, research data management and advocacy at the national and European levels. DRI contributes to policy making nationally (e.g. via the National Open Research Forum and the IRC), and internationally, including European Commission expert groups, the Digital Preservation Coalition, DARIAH, and the OECD.

 

The National Archives, Ireland collects, manages and preserves the public record of Ireland, ensuring its availability both as a resource and to safeguard citizens’ rights. The National Archives was established on 1 June 1988 following the amalgamation of the State Paper Office (SPO) (est. 1702) and the Public Record Office of Ireland (PROI) (est. 1867), Following the establishment of the modern Irish state in 1922, the PROI and SPO continued to function until the enactment of the National Archives Act, 1986, which transferred their functions and holdings to the newly established National Archives. Under this legislation, records of Government Departments and their agencies are transferred to the National Archives when they are 30 years old.

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