Digital Preservation - How I created a 3 step action plan for my digital data


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This is the presentation I used for a talk at the Los Angeles Quantified Self meetup in June of 2013. Video of this talk is available here:

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  • Blogging for 6 years on lifestreaming, lifelogging, QS, and DP Blogging about sharing our data for future generations How the past only had photos, letters, and maybe some 8mm films
  • Talk about each speaker's presentation About how much digital content is being created and how nobody thinks about preservation Airdire's story
  • I came back from SXSW wanting to create a plan to address what I learned at the talk
  • Black Mirror - All 3 steps are moving targets and we need to update them all as time passes
  • Digital Preservation - How I created a 3 step action plan for my digital data

    1. 1. Digital Preservation How I created an action plan for my digital data
    2. 2. We're all Going to Die We all create digital content but most have no plan for archiving data for the future
    3. 3. I Attended the Digital Immortals Talk at SXSW It really made me think hard about planning for my future
    4. 4. I Created a 3 Step Plan... Preserve, Prepare & Produce My Digital Legacy Image courtesy of
    5. 5. I use Hardware, Software and Services for Data Creation How do I save this data for myself and future generations?
    6. 6. Step 1 - Preservation I implemented a backup strategy
    7. 7. Step 2 - Preparation I created a plan for my family to access my data • I use a Password management service • I created a Digital Will o Appointed a "Digital Trustee" o Created a doc with my backup and online services details o Listed the master password to my online password service o Identified all the important software and services I use o Chose my wishes with regards to online data and services* • Configured services for when I die  Google: Inactive Account Manager  Facebook: Download data and memorialize account (Note: they also offer ability to delete) • May possibly utilize services to send a messages after I die  If I Die, Dead Social
    8. 8. Step 3 - Production Utilize software and services to view and search data • Maintain software to view and search data o Photos locally: Picasa o Videos and photos both locally and online: Plex o Software for other files and data • Consider online services for archiving o MiLifemap • Virtual Profiles o Lifenaut o Digital Tombstones
    9. 9. Information... • Lifestream Blog o • Twitter: @krynsky • Email:
    10. 10. Information... • Lifestream Blog o • Twitter: @krynsky • Email: