Digital Archiving Blog

Preserving means to maintain the data or information in order to ensure that the information is not lost. This may mean that an incredible amount of data may be preserved. On the other hand, curating is much more selective, in order to present information in a manner that people would be interested in seeing. Aggregating data is different than preserving or curating because it entails research and accumulating research or information from different sources.

The transformation into a new medium definitely brings with it certain tensions and issues. For example, copyright and publicity rights continues to be of great concern. The right to present some of these photos or artifacts might cost great amounts of money that would likely be too expensive for many to pay. The photogrammer website looks to circumvent this issue by posting photos that are in the public domain. By doing so, this frees them from any concern of licensing.

Personally, I wouldn’t put any of my family photos or information online but would rather put it on our own private home server. It seems like a great invasion of privacy as no one in my family is likely to be important to the public. But if I were to digitally preserve my family history, I would likely organize the photos or information by year and further separate it by individual. For a private curation, I would likely put any photo that we had in order to ensure that nothing would be lost. Curating the collection would likely be very problematic as it would be an incredibly tedious activity. It would be incredible to allow other family members to contribute to the collection as it would lessen the burden on me.

The duty of an archivist seems to be incredibly difficult as they have the ability to determine what is maintained and kept for the foreseeable future, or even possibly forever. It’s difficult to ultimately determine certain criteria should be upheld but it would be quite important for items in the archive to have historical reach and importance, whether it be of worldwide importance or local importance.

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