Various Personal Archiving Products

Thursday evening of the PDA conference featured “fast talks”–brief presentations delivered in a minimum of time.  Some very useful personal archiving products and services were described.  Here is a brief summary of 3 of them:

  • AboutOne:  Joanne Lang, a former executive founded AboutOne to help busy people control all aspects of their records.  According to the product website, she “wanted to capitalize on her experience with cloud technology to help busy moms manage family life. She had seen how cloud computing and business software allowed businesses to eliminate mundane tasks and gain new levels of efficiency, and she wanted to bring those same benefits to families.”  AboutOne is a secure and private subscription service ($5/month, $30/year) that links all types of data and allows it to be easily entered as it happens, from anywhere. :spacer:
  • Personal Archiving Day: The Library of Congress will host its 2nd Personal Archiving Day–an open house for the public on saving your digital information–on April 22.  It also maintains an extensive website on personal archiving, which has sections on digital photos, audio, or video; e-mail messages; personal documents; and websites.  The most popular topic by far is digital photos.:spacer:
  • The Rosetta Project: Laura Welcher, Director of the Rosetta Project, described some of its activities.  Supported by the Long Now Foundation, the Rosetta Project is a global collaboration of language specialists and native speakers working to build a publicly accessible digital library of human languages.  One of the project’s major missions is to draw attention to the drastic loss of many of the world’s languages; a static wiki of data about each language was built from data in Wikipedia.  Recently the project moved its content into the Internet Archive.  :spacer:

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today and Conference Circuit Blog Editor

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