Protecting Your Digital LegacyPresentation Transcript
Protecting Your Digital Legacy Rotary of Burien/White Center 7/7/11 Nick Webb, Red Wire Services
Who Am I?
Scary Statistics 70% of small businesses in the U.S. experienced a data loss in 2009 due to technical or human disasters. - AMI 2009 U.S. SMB Annual Overview Study For companies with a recovery plan in place, nearly half executed at least some of the plan over a one year period. — 2008 Continuity Insights and KPMG Advisory Services Business Continuity Management Benchmarking Report
Protecting Your Digital Legacy How was data archived in the last? Why these general methods fail for the next century What we can do to protect digital assets for the next generation and beyond
Last CenturyThe Hudson River circa 1908. "RMS Lusitania passing Hoboken piers."
Last Century(to present)(microfiche microfilm)
Benign Neglect(Catherine C. Marshall -- Microsoft Research)
Coping Invest time upfront (when created) Assign value to each image (High to Low) Record pertinent information at time of capture (e.g. who is in the photo, who took it, when and where it was taken) Delete photos as soon as it’s clear no value remains Use “standard” software
Coping: Limit What’s Important Store working and archive images separately Revisit archive regularly and prune what is no longer valuable Better solutions likely on the way… hold tight
Protect What’s Left Stop-Gap: Consider high quality, professional prints for archiving Store backup copy “in the cloud”, verify frequently Maybe do both
Conclusion Stuff happens more often than you may think While rare, natural disasters do happen (August 2000 Dallas Tornado) Files are lost and accidentally deleted
Conclusion Your best chance is to act soon Only you can determine and manage what is important You are ultimately responsible
If Nothing Else… Classify the most important ~100 photos Manage those wisely
Contact Nick Webb Red Wire Services firstname.lastname@example.org 206.829.8621 http://www.RedWireServices.com Twitter: @RedWireServices
References Rethinking Personal Digital Archiving, Part 1 Four Challenges from the Field Catherine C. Marshall Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley http://www.dlib.org/dlib/march08/marshall/03marshall-pt1.html Rethinking Personal Digital Archiving, Part 2 Implications for Services, Applications, and Institutions Catherine C. Marshall Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley http://www.dlib.org/dlib/march08/marshall/03marshall-pt2.html