In the first article of “Preserving Your Digital Legacy” I discussed developing a plan and taking inventory of your digital assets. I know it wasn’t a homework assignment, but have you started this journey? Maybe once we’re through the entire plan it will give you a better idea and the motivation to get started, if you haven’t already.
Do you have a plan of what will happen to your digital assets after you die? Traditionally, an individual’s estate plan (no matter how large or small) includes our wishes, and lists our physical items such as financial accounts and property. As a majority of individuals are now fully immersed into the digital age we need to consider what will happen to these digital assets and online accounts. Even if an individual is single or married with multiple grandchildren I’ll give some pointers on what you can do to preserve your digital legacy.
Many of us don’t think we’ll be impacted by a disaster of any kind, until it happens to us. This could be the result of a flood, hurricane, tornado, fires, or even a plumbing leak. Depending on where you leave, your preparation and storage needs may differ.
Are you looking at having your slides scanned? While I’ve been scanning slides for several years as a professional, I thought I’d offer some insight when you’re looking to having your slides scanned; or even if you’re doing it yourself.
Do you have a situation where you want a copy of an old family photo, but a certain relative doesn’t want it to leave their possession, and you don’t have a scanner? If you have a smartphone, put it to work. The techniques offered below will even work with cameras.
While I may use the term “scanning”, you won’t actually be scanning because you need a scanner for that. However, when you’re looking for an app for an iPhone or Android to capture those photos, some will include the term scan, even if it’s for documents.
Have you kept your original slides, negatives, movie tapes, and/or reels? Saving those original items have a greater benefit than you think.
If you’re on the momentum to downsize or have watched “Tidying Up” on Netflix, then you might be inclined to toss it all away. However, I would caution you not to do so. Here are a few reasons for saving the originals.
NOTE: As I’m writing this article, I realize this is from the perspective in the “ideal” world. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have the original photo, slide, negative or movie. Even so, the same concept would apply. My belief is that no matter the quality, if that’s the only copy you have, or can lay your hands on, then that is better than not having it at all. And we do our best with what we have.