October 6th is the first annual Digital Archives Day! Digital archives increasingly store born-digital materials. Born-digital means anything that was originally created on an electronic device. Think about photos you take with your digital camera or phone, documents you type up in Microsoft Word, email you send from your Web mail account, and even your Facebook posts or Twitter tweets. The NCAR Archives also collects born-digital archival content, preserving this content for future generations as part of the documentary record of NCAR/UCAR.
To celebrate the Day of Digital Archives, take 20-30 minutes to improve how you manage your digital files:
Now that you know what to look for, keep an eye out for digital archives – I bet they’re more common than you think!