A Digital Preservation Fairy Tale

A children’s story about “Snow Byte and the Seven Formats” by Tess Webre from March 2013, while interning at National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.

In a recent meeting, some colleagues and I discussed the age in which individuals should start understanding the basics of digital preservation. I suggested that, with children creating digital files earlier and earlier, it should be taught as early as possible. The question, of course, is how to get youngsters interested in preserving their data.

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It’s catching on that in order to create a safer, better web for the next generation we need to be making the digital aspects of life part of their education. This reminded me of Hello Ruby, a Kickstarter project looking at teaching very small children some computer programming basics.

I know this is just one tiny example, but there’s the seed of something bigger in all of these projects. These concepts are quickly becoming woven into the fabric of modern-day life and as people on Twitter keep reminding me, today’s iPad, as impressive at it seems, will be another generation’s Speak & Spell.

By the way, if the NDIIPP really want to excite children, a catchier department name has to be on the agenda. They should take a leaf out of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division’s book.

Found via: Digital Dust