Preserving today's digital record for future generations

Jan 20, 2014

Think, for just a moment, of the many ways we capture moments of our lives and share them with everyone.

Snap a photo on your smartphone and in seconds, it's up on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram for friends, family and followers to see.

But what is going to happen to those moments and memories someday in the future when Instagram or Tumblr or Facebook or Flickr no longer exist?

We need to preserve the images and ties to our past for those who will want to know about us in the future. How best do we do that in this digital age?

For advice, we get to pick the brain of someone who does this for a living.

Michael Shallcross is the assistant archivist in the Division of Digital Curation at the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library.