Protecting Your Digital Legacy<br />Rotary of Burien/White Center 7/7/11<br />Nick Webb, Red Wire Services<br />
Who Am I?<br />
Scary Statistics<br />70% of small businesses in the U.S. experienced a data loss in 2009 due to technical or human disast...
Protecting Your Digital Legacy<br />How was data archived in the last?<br />Why these general methods fail for the next ce...
Last CenturyThe Hudson River circa 1908. "RMS Lusitania passing Hoboken piers."<br />
Last Century(to present)(microfiche microfilm)<br />
Benign Neglect(Catherine C. Marshall -- Microsoft Research)<br />
This CenturyLifespans<br />
“Forced” Migration<br />
Coping<br />Invest time upfront (when created)<br />Assign value to each image (High to Low)<br />Record pertinent informa...
Coping:  Limit What’s Important<br />Store working and archive images separately<br />Revisit archive regularly and prune ...
Protect What’s Left<br />Stop-Gap:  Consider high quality, professional prints for archiving<br />Store backup copy “in th...
Conclusion<br />Stuff happens more often than you may think<br />While rare, natural disasters do happen<br />(August 2000...
Conclusion<br />Your best chance is to act soon<br />Only you can determine and manage what is important<br />You are ulti...
If Nothing Else…<br />Classify the most important ~100 photos<br />Manage those wisely<br />
Questions?<br />
Contact<br />Nick Webb<br />Red Wire Services<br />nickw@redwireservices.com<br />206.829.8621<br />http://www.RedWireServ...
References<br />Rethinking Personal Digital Archiving, Part 1<br />Four Challenges from the Field<br />Catherine C. Marsha...
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  • Documents stored on paper1000+ YearsPhotos on developed paper 150+ years of life expectedMicrofilmIn use since early 1900s500+ years predicted shelf life
  • Shove in Shoebox / Safe Deposit BoxMaybe review every decade or soWorks OK for non-digital artifactsDestined for failure in the digital worldEasy to create overwhelming amount of photosMost folks give up
  • Digital photosTo be determined; only in wide use since late 1990s, need for long term storage may not have sunk in yet.Media“Burned” CD/DVDsAbout 5 years, highly debatedData TapesAbout 30 years, maybeHard DrivesAbout 5 years
  • Protecting Your Digital Legacy

    1. 1. Protecting Your Digital Legacy<br />Rotary of Burien/White Center 7/7/11<br />Nick Webb, Red Wire Services<br />
    2. 2. Who Am I?<br />
    3. 3. Scary Statistics<br />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<br />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<br />
    4. 4. Protecting Your Digital Legacy<br />How was data archived in the last?<br />Why these general methods fail for the next century<br />What we can do to protect digital assets for the next generation and beyond<br />
    5. 5. Last CenturyThe Hudson River circa 1908. "RMS Lusitania passing Hoboken piers."<br />
    6. 6. Last Century(to present)(microfiche microfilm)<br />
    7. 7. Benign Neglect(Catherine C. Marshall -- Microsoft Research)<br />
    8. 8. This CenturyLifespans<br />
    9. 9. “Forced” Migration<br />
    10. 10. Coping<br />Invest time upfront (when created)<br />Assign value to each image (High to Low)<br />Record pertinent information at time of capture (e.g. who is in the photo, who took it, when and where it was taken)<br />Delete photos as soon as it’s clear no value remains<br />Use “standard” software<br />
    11. 11. Coping: Limit What’s Important<br />Store working and archive images separately<br />Revisit archive regularly and prune what is no longer valuable<br />Better solutions likely on the way… hold tight<br />
    12. 12. Protect What’s Left<br />Stop-Gap: Consider high quality, professional prints for archiving<br />Store backup copy “in the cloud”, verify frequently<br />Maybe do both<br />
    13. 13. Conclusion<br />Stuff happens more often than you may think<br />While rare, natural disasters do happen<br />(August 2000 Dallas Tornado)<br />Files are lost and accidentally deleted<br />
    14. 14. Conclusion<br />Your best chance is to act soon<br />Only you can determine and manage what is important<br />You are ultimately responsible<br />
    15. 15. If Nothing Else…<br />Classify the most important ~100 photos<br />Manage those wisely<br />
    16. 16. Questions?<br />
    17. 17. Contact<br />Nick Webb<br />Red Wire Services<br />nickw@redwireservices.com<br />206.829.8621<br />http://www.RedWireServices.com<br />Twitter: @RedWireServices<br />
    18. 18. References<br />Rethinking Personal Digital Archiving, Part 1<br />Four Challenges from the Field<br />Catherine C. Marshall<br />Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley<br />http://www.dlib.org/dlib/march08/marshall/03marshall-pt1.html<br />Rethinking Personal Digital Archiving, Part 2<br />Implications for Services, Applications, and Institutions<br />Catherine C. Marshall<br />Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley<br />http://www.dlib.org/dlib/march08/marshall/03marshall-pt2.html<br />

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