|Dad and Great-Grandpa|
Haunted by the state of my photos I set a New Year’s resolution to organize my digital photographs in the first step to make certain they will be preserved into the future. To do that I’ll follow the guidelines published by the Library of Congress, National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, Keeping Personal Digital Photographs, and to keep me motivated I will write about the experience. Knowing I have an audience (hi Mom!) should keep me on track.
The first archiving tip:
Identify where you have digital photos
- Identify all your digital photos on cameras, computers, and removable media such as memory cards.
- Include your photos on the web.
But wait! What about the photos on my iPad? And the cell phone? Photos on my iPad are occasionally synced to my work laptop but not to the home computer. Photos taken with my phone live only on my phone. Luckily the only photos I’ve posted to the web are stored on my computer – for now. So how am I going to keep track of these photos? At the risk of giving up before I’ve started I’ve decided to create a policy:
Barb’s Family Photo Archive Policy:
- The home computer will be the primary archive for all photos.
- Photos taken with mobile devices AND considered worth keeping long term will be downloaded to the home computer.
- Consider mobile devices as disposable photo albums.
Written by Barb Sagraves.