Many of us invest a significant amount of time, energy, and money in creating, collecting, and storing our images: they support our professional activities and function as an archive for our most treasured memories. Have you thought carefully about the ways that yours are vulnerable?
I have written about backup strategies before. Backups are a very important aspect of ensuring the ongoing safety and accessibility of your images. But there are other factors to consider, such as methods of organizing, file naming, migrating, and monitoring both your collection and developments in technology, products, and standards. SaveMyMemories.org is a nice site that provides a layperson's introduction to developing a strategy for curating your collection of personal images. Its main categories are:
- Learn (hardware; software; other factors)
- Prepare (plan; create categories; label photos; manage photos)
- Protect (transfer to storage; make backup plan; how to backup)
- Recover (camera card failure; hard drive crash; virus attack)
- Resources (provides lots of links, organized into categories, to important sources for more information)
Image: Rachel Zack, Mom, 2007. From Flickr, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic license.