Next Steps: Caring for Community Archives – Digital Preservation


Next Steps: Caring for Community Archives webinar series, presented in partnership between the Scottish Council on Archives and National Records of Scotland. These 30 minute sessions are designed to provide an enjoyable and informative insight for anyone working or volunteering in community archives and heritage groups.

Following on from our popular First Steps: Caring for Community Archives workshops held across the country, this new webinar series will develop skills and ideas, exploring topics in more detail. The webinars are free to attend and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss any particular concerns or ideas you have.

Running on Monday mornings (10:30-11:00) come along to as many as you like. It will be an enjoyable, interactive, and practical session, beginning with an expert giving a short presentation followed by discussion and an opportunity to ask your questions. You can even send your questions in advance – and we will try and get through as many as we can.

Digital Preservation

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, we will use the example of Facebook 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.

Register here.