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Additional planning resources

Here are additional resources you may find useful in planning your event. These resources may be updated regularly.

Additional personal digital archiving resources

General Information


  • Preserving Digital Photographs: Tips for preserving digital photos from the National Library of New Zealand.

  • File Format Migration: From the American Society of Media Photographers the Digital Photography Best Practices and Workflow (dpBestflow®) project. researched ways to streamline and improve the process, production and preservation of commercial digital artwork.  This exert provides information about file format migration for digital images.

Personal Digital Records

  • Data Liberation Front: Information for users about how to move their personal data in and out of Google products.



  • Preserving Sound Recordings :Tips for preserving sound recordings from the National Library of New Zealand.
  • JISC Digital Media: Choosing a Digital Audio Format: This web resource provides advice, guidance and training to discuss some of the key factors that should be considered before choosing an audio format and suggest suitable file formats for specific applications. It also provides information about open vs. proprietary formats.


  • MUSE: Muse (short for Memories Using Email) is a program that helps users revive memories, using their long-term email archives.
  • You've Still Got Mail:A blog post from the Smithsonian Institution Archives discussing some email management strategies.

Social Media

  • HTTrack Website Copier : HTTrack is a free (GPL, libre/free software) and easy-to-use offline browser utility. It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer.
  • Scrapbook: This is a Firefox extension that, once installed, allows you to save and manage web pages. It includes a variety of capturing options, as well as organizing and editing features.
  • Save as….: E How walks you through the process of saving a web page to your hard drive. If you are using a Mac, Apple’s Safari browser has a “Save as…webpage” feature.

Formats General

  • Caring for CDs and Their Longevity: From the Canadian Conservation Institute, a FAQ about handling and caring for optical media.
  • JISC Digital Media: Choosing a File Name: File naming is a vital first step for those beginning to digitize. This document from JISC Digital Media, which provides advice, guidance and training to the UK's Further and Higher Education community, examines planning and using an effective file naming system when managing digital files. This paper highlights the advantages of using the 8.3 convention and looks at some options when naming derivative, surrogate files.
  • Retro Media: Memory and Memories Lost: Online exhibit about media archiving from the University at Buffalo Libraries that provides a brief history of a variety of media formats and touches on computer data and storage along with the role of libraries in preservation and migration.

Introduction to digital preservation resources

If you would like to learn more about digital preservation, these are some useful websites for you to explore.

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