PhotoshopNews: Digital Preservation

Jeff Schewe on the preservation of digital photos. The issues are the same for all digital media.

The issues discussed in this article are the same ones for preserving audio and video recordings of family history. Digital Preservation

Digital photography is incredibly fragile and subject to corruption or erasure. It must be stored in redundant media and in redundant locations to be assured that images stored in digital form will still be available in the future. But even if you backup, archive and store your digital images properly, will that guarantee that digital photography will be available in 5, 50 or 500 years from now? Will those steps ensure that photography will be readable and usable forever? [Read More]

One important part of the digital storage equation: Format, ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on May 23, 2005 in • Longevity
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Students gather oral histories of Montana women

New oral-history collection created by a group of Montana State University undergraduates.

From the Billings Gazette article:

Nineteen MSU students chose female neighbors, relatives, church friends or other acquaintances to interview for a research seminar in women’s studies.

Most of the women were from Montana, and each had to be at least a generation older than the MSU student interviewing them. The oldest woman interviewed was 90.

This topic is close to my heart. My grandmother and her sisters grew up in Billings. The interviewees for this project are about a decade or two younger than she was (born in 1898). But it’s thrilling for me—just knowing that a collection like this exists. And it’s a pointer for others…check out the universities near where your ancestors ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on May 03, 2005 in • Oral history in the news
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This how-to article for PC users has many overlaps with digitizing audio recordings you make yourself of family oral history.

Rip your records

The article focuses on vinyl records, but the author tested different hardware and software that comes in handy for inputting family recordings. Of course, it’s likely that you won’t have family recordings on vinyl. But the sound cards, the audio input to computer and the process of digitizing them are very similar

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on in • AudioAudio: HardwareAudio: Software
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