Saturday, March 30, 2013

Five for Friday -- A Day Late

The past few days have been a great learning opportunity and I want to revisit my five steps for scrapbooking heritage photos by sharing some of the things I've recently learned. First the five steps:
  1. scan it
  2. scrap it
  3. research it
  4. talk about it
  5. share it
Here are five tools or goodies, most from the storytelling sessions featured at rootstech 2013.
  1. Scan. Learn about digital preservation from a new, FREE, publication from the Library of Congress. The title is “Perspectives on Personal Digital Archiving”and you can read about it and download the PDF at the LOC website. This is a collection of LOC blog posts that talk about organizing and preserving our digital and physical archives. There is at least one post that discusses the future of our online lives after we die. This is an important topic we don't often think about.
  2. Scrap. Learn about creating a digital presentation -- a digital scrapbook -- that can be played at family reunions, emailed, or even mailed on a DVD. Visit, scroll down to Saturday and click on the session: Digital Storytelling: More than Bullet Points - Denise Olson. She starts slow, but the payoff is in perhaps the last 20 minutes.
  3. Research. I'm a map person and I learned about some wonderful online map sites. If you are a map person, be sure to watch Finding the Obscure and Elusive: Geographic Information on the Web - James Tanner. Visit, and scroll down to Thursday to find this session.
  4. Talk. TOP PICK! Listen to a wonderful storyteller who includes tips on finding our our own stories and those of our families. She also shares tips for crafting those stories. She will make you laugh, she will bring a tear to your eye, she will touch you. Visit, scroll down to Thursday and click on the session: Tell it Again (Story@Home) - Kim Weitkamp.
  5. Share. Check out a nice example of an audio/video presentation from social media guru Jyl Pattee during the Friday Keynote address. Jyl audiotaped phone calls with her grandmother and merged the audio with photos to make a video to share with her family on YouTube and Facebook. She focuses on creating and capturing special moments, and she touches on using social media such as Instagram and blogging. Jyl also shares a heritage recipe for banana cookies. I'm looking forward to trying her recipe. Visit, and scroll down to Friday to find the keynote session.
Although I loved the storytelling ideas, the map information presented by James Tanner was the most useful for my research. Have you ever clicked on the GPS coordinates at the top right of a Wikipedia page? I had never even realized it was clickable. This image is from his example. Try bringing up your favorite location in Wikipedia and then clicking on the coordinates to see what happens.

I hope some of these tips will resonate for you.

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