Genealogy: Digital image and folder naming strategy

10-17-2014 3-26-25 PMBy Barry J. Ewell

There is nothing more frustrating than spending several hours looking for one image that you really need.  Two key strategies will help keep your photos organized—naming your images consistently and sorting them into folders.

Create a logical folder structure
Folders are the best way to organize family history images.  I organize my folders very similar to the way I organize paper files, which make it easy to find and place images. My folder hierarchy is as follows: Continue reading

Family History: Image layout for personal histories

Gears 2By Barry J. Ewell

As you begin to combine your writings with images, the following lessons that I have learned will help improve the layout and readability of your personal history:

  • Develop a layout grid for your personal history. A layout grid denotes where you will put images and text on the pages to help maintain visual consistency through the Continue reading

Genealogy: Which file formats to consider for digital migration strategy

Genealogy: Which file formats to consider for digital migration strategyBy Barry J. Ewell

The following table is intended to help you develop guidelines for preparing files for digital archiving. It is not intended to provide full preservation for formats listed under Low Confidence Level. Unfortunately it’s not possible to provide a single list of file formats that are appropriate for all use cases. The best formats to use for each of an object’s files will vary depending on how those files will be accessed and used, how they were captured or created, and their relationship to other files in the object. Continue reading

Genealogy: Long-term maintenance of digital image files

Long-term maintenance of digital image filesDigital preservation and long-term maintenance of your digital files is a very serious matter.  With technology changing so fast, there are no absolutes about the exact formula for digitally preserving our family heritage—which will be a combination of artifacts that include text, data, and images, audio and video.  However, there are some best practices of archivists that have responsibility for preserving our national and cultural heritage that we can learn from.
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Digitizing Artifacts: Digital image file types explained

Digitzing Artifacts: Digital image file types explainedThere are many file types used to encode digital images. The choices are similar but have different characteristics and are best suited for specific applications.  You will often hear file types referred to as “Loosy” or “Lossless” compression.

Lossless  is a compression technique that decompresses data back to its original form without any loss. The decompressed file and the original are identical. All compression methods used to compress text, databases and other business data are lossless. For example, the ZIP archiving technology (PKZIP, WinZip, etc.) is a widely used lossless method. Continue reading