From: “Jo Radner”
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:15:36 +0000
Fran, It’s great that you have made us more aware of the dangers of loss of electronic/digital recordings. My advice is what I tell every oral history workshop: MIGRATE YOUR RECORDINGS REGULARLY—that is, keep re-recording what you wish to preserve. We don’t know for sure how long different media will last. Good tapes will start to drop data after 10 years, though. CDs and DVDs are even more vulnerable to handling than tapes. The one good thing in the evolution of sound recording is that digital recordings, unlike tapes, lose no quality when they are copied—so copy them frequently! Not only when media change, but just to keep the recordings fresh and accessible. Back up recordings in several ways—in the cloud, on a separate hard drive, on CD/DVDs.
If we’re careful, then, the great-grandkids will hear our voices. Whew.
Happy holidays to all,
Check out the Northeast Storytelling Conference – March 23-25, 2018 https://nestorytelling.org/index.php/projects-listing/overview-of-stf-2018/