The following is a guest post by Tess Webre, intern with NDIIPP at the Library of Congress
Shall I compare thee to a closed format/ thou art more open and accessible. – Author after 3 coffees.
In honor of William Shakespeare’s 449th birthday on April 23rd (observed) and as a tie-in with the recent digital humanities day, I have decided to make a Digital Stewardship sonnet. This is a traditional sonnet; it has iambic pentameter and everything – courtesy of Mr. Boswell’s 11thgrade AP English. See, I was paying attention – however, I cannot attest to the content being traditional.
Personal Digipres Sonnet
By Tess Webre
Want to ensure a file’s longevity
So that you can always access the bits?
First know, it’s your responsibility
And you must use your cunning and your wits.
Organize your files, that’s simple enough.
In an open format, you know the drill
Update storage media – care ain’t tough –
Keep dispersed copies, just in case of spills.
Keep studying; your skills will be greater.
‘Til next time I wish you all safe data.