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Jennifer Englund

Spent some time on the LOC's personal digital archiving site. Their description of digital preservation from a libraries perspective got me thinking. What if "digital preservation" was replaced with "media production" in (part of) this doc?

So it would read something like this: It seem(s) like a daunting task to try to communicate everything that is known about media production. But it became apparent that media production knowledge could be distilled and simplified into a few steps, and that information would be sufficient to get people started. "Simplification" is a crucial strategy: Simplifying information is essential in order to avoid losing an audience due to long-winded explanations with unnecessary technical detail.Too much information can bury a message. (How could media production practices be narrowed to to find commonalities with basic consumer practices?) Essentially, institutions and individuals use similar equipment (computers and storage media) and have similar stakes (loss of files). Individuals produce content and they should organize it and name it in a way that will help them search and find it later. Finally, the content should be backed up. Thankfully, these materials are all in the public domain, so they can be reused and remixed as needed by all of us.

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