Next Steps Caring for Community Archives: Digital Preservation of Social Media

Many community archives and heritage groups have embraced the benefits of social media. They often use Facebook to chat and share digitized images of archival documents, especially old photographs. Websites require a certain amount of IT skills.

Most people find it easier and more enjoyable to send a quick message to let others know about community events and interesting historical facts through their group’s Facebook page. Very few people write letters or send postcards.

This has been replaced with social media on many different platforms. However, long-term use and preservation of social media data faces a considerable number of challenges.

During this workshop, the example of Facebook is used to discuss questions such as the vulnerabilities to long-term preservation of content shared on social media. Would you like to understand how to safely ‘archive’ data from your own Facebook account, and what format this takes? What can you do to ensure the survival of content shared via social media for long term access? Eve Wright, Digital Records Archivist, National Records of Scotland, will answer and discuss these will answer these questions while providing practical advice.

Recorded 29 March 2021

Next Steps Caring for Community Archives: Digital Preservation
Most people find it easier and more enjoyable to send a quick message to let others know about community events and interesting historical facts through their group’s Facebook page. Very few people write letters or send postcards.

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