Photo sharing sites as digital preservation tools

Photo sharing sites as digital preservation tools 

The following is a guest post by Barry Wheeler, Digital Projects Coordinator, Office of Strategic Initiatives.

The numbers are staggering – an estimated 2.5 billion people in the world have digital cameras!  They take perhaps 3.75 billion pictures each year.  And we love to share those pictures – hundreds of millions of pictures are uploaded to photo sharing sites each day! In addition to sharing, many people may wish to preserve their photographs for commercial, artistic, future family uses.  We know that we should keep multiple copies of any photographs we wish to preserve, including at least one copy in an offsite location.  So the question naturally arises – if we have uploaded those pictures can they be considered part of our digital preservation strategy?

Source: The Signal

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