MLD Project: Capturing my Life Digitally.

Wouldn’t it be useful if all the information in your life could be captured in digital form? That’s the purpose of the MLD project – to capture my digitally.

Benefits

  • It would take up no more space than the storage medim.
  • Everything would be in one central storage place.
  • It would be easy to organise.
  • It could easily be backed up.
  • It could be shared more easily.
  • The information could be transported more easily.
  • I could search for the information I want more easily.
  • The information could be held securely (encryption).
  • I would have a range of tools for manupulating the information.
  • Can be transfered to a different medium.
  • Can be preserved by copying to new medium as the old one deteriorates.
  • The cool factor.

Challenges

  • Cost of digitising (time, money, complexity, tools).
  • Longevity of destination format / medium.
  • Legal considerations – copyright etc.
  • Backups.

Types of Information

  • Diary / Calendar
  • Address Book
  • Task list
  • Birthday book
  • Music
  • Videos
  • Photos
  • Finances
  • Software
  • Books and Manuals
  • Written notes
  • Letters and cards
  • Drawings and paintings
  • Memories

Current Media

  • Paper. Lots and lots of paper.
  • CDs, Cassettes, Records
  • DVDs, VHS, Super-8
  • Books
  • Files
  • Floppy disk

Tasks

  • Capture
  • Organisation
  • Storage
  • Manipluation
  • Use

Capture Methods

  • Throw it away – some information I just don’t need
  • Capture it digitally in the first place
  • Obtain it from source in a different format – e.g. buy the MP3s of a track I have on cassette
  • Find out if someone else has digitised it already – ask friends, family, Google
  • Use a specialist digitising service
  • Collaborate with others
  • Digitise it myself
  • Keep on existing media – some things are just too expensive to digitise
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2 Responses to MLD Project: Capturing my Life Digitally.

  1. Ed says:

    I don’t think it would do everything you want yet, but have you tried out Evernote? http://evernote.com/

  2. kramii says:

    Ed:

    Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll take a look.

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