Before I get to your personal digital archive, I have a confession to make.
I’ve always been a Star Wars fan – not of the ridiculous prequel varieties, but of the originals. I grew up on A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. The recent films – The Force Awakens, and Rogue One, are pretty good films too.
We went as a family to see Rogue One with my oldest son for his birthday. I won’t give away the whole movie, but there’s a climactic scene in the film where the main characters are attempting to obtain the plans for the Death Star from the Imperial digital library. My wife is in charge of the archives were she works, and we both noticed more than a few issues with the method and location chosen by the Dark Side to store their most precious information. Suffice it to say, you should never learn from their example.
So I thought their poor example would be great way to help you understand what not to do with your own digital information. But then I came across this great blog post by David Portman of Preservica, entitled “How Not to Build a Digital Archive: Lessons from the Dark Side of the Force”. I had so much fun reading his post that I figured you might too. You can link to it by clicking here.
That’s all for this week…Enjoy the holidays and time of year with your family.