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You may have shifted from local storage to the cloud storage. That was a good decision because you have excluded factor of the medium from the preservation equation. But the medium is just one component and storage is not archiving. Will you be able to read the content in your clouds after five years? Ultimately, will you be able to find it?

Possible scenarios:

1. I don’t know what I have.

2. I almost know what I have, but I cannot find all the items.

3. I found what I was looking for, but now I cannot open it. How do you open those darn files? What am I doing wrong?

This blog is about archiving of digital personal content that comes from various cloud services. It’s about your scattered content and all the problems that it causes. There are commonly used services like Dropbox, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and various others. These services are used to create content, to transfer content or to store content as repositories, e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, One Drive etc. The content could be in various forms and file formats too. Alongside keeping a variety of content types, which is a problem by itself, some of their (file) formats will become obsolete.

This blog will be dealing with the preservation methods, content types and preservation-related risks and with personal archives-related issues. It will be dealing with models and functions in this area. It will equip you with the theoretical foundations and the practical knowledge needed for the preservation of your digital legacy.  The blog aims to grapple with main structural and preservation related catastrophes which could hit personal archives. Although it is intended to explain Legacy Sky open software or commercial service functions, it will generate wider explanations of not just tool logic but content obsolesce, poverty of description and other digital preservation issues or problems in general. In the end, the blog will also have excursions towards broader problems of archives like usage of description models and formatting, linked data in archival science, usage of technologies from other domains for archival purposes etc.