Digitization Projects at UNLV Libraries
Found some old floppy disks and wondering what the heck is on them? Invest in a cheap external USB disk drive (or better yet, see if the library has one you can use there), and transfer any important files to a flash drive. More info on transferring from floppy to USB here: http://www.ehow.com/how_5950336_copy-data-floppy-usb-drive.html.
Save your digital photos (and other important files) in at least two places, such as your computer, CD/DVD, flash drive, external hard drive, Internet storage, etc., AND in separate locations.
When digitizing old photographs, scan them in at 300-600 ppi and save in TIFF format. If you have just way too many photos, consider sending them to a photo scanning service where the pictures will be scanned and sent back to you, along with a DVD full of high-resolution images. Just make sure you find a reputable place – those photos are precious!
What is personal digital archiving? Personal archiving involves organizing and saving the documents, records, photographs, music, and social media information (in essence, the memories) important to you. Each week we will post tips on how to handle your very own personal archives.