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8 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. 1.0 - introduction to digital legacy

    • 2. 1.1 - what ya gonna do with your vines?

    • 3. 1.2 - let's discuss digital legacy

    • 4. 1.3 - how long will your host exist?

    • 5. 1.4 - let's take a look at

    • 6. 1.5 - take part in the project!

    • 7. 1.6 - the roundup

    • 8. 1.7 - review, share and take premium!

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ever since the death of vine i've been reminded about digital legacy again. ..

it's important for us to think about WHAT happens to our digital content when platforms shut down, the effort on our part that we have to do when that happens. moving provider, finding a platform, getting some promise of a SLA agreement from the provider. how are you going to maintain a digital legacy?

i came up with a few ideas, especially for viners in this moment of need! :)

  • - free 2gb offer and conversion to html5
  • - ability to playlist content (api share memories)
  • - current place to export all your vines too
  • - support open source projects to archive content

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Philip Campbell

web3, OBS Open Broadcaster, Screenflow


brand new for 2022 | let's decentralize our content into web 3

i'm an internet strategist teaching anyone that wants to efficiently learn digital skills and tools often with free software based in the cloud - twenty-five plus years of expertise with all things digital and covering the latest trends today (and weekly in our podcast!)

I make courses as often as i can (in between blogging daily that is) my courses are about things I've learned or already done online -- i never make a course about skills I don't have yet!



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1. 1.0 - introduction to digital legacy: Welcome back. Today's course is about mashing up your content. Recently, Vine shut down after three years on the Web, and I decided, How could I do things with that media? How could I download all that content and reuse it, mash it up and put on two different platforms and kind of savior? Is that the digital legacy? So what are you going to do each time your favorite media sharing site dies and you have to export your content? I want to get into that quickly mash up. Think about looking at using a number of other websites. So this is a constant thing of moving it from one site to another site, using the vines that I've downloaded as the content as an example this time around. Also gonna be discussing digital legacy on making sure that that content exists online well after you've gone and supporting open source Father one C projects like archived or or on non profits that archive the Web automatically. So let's get into the course 2. 1.1 - what ya gonna do with your vines?: vine closing down show. Nder showed us that maintaining digital legacy requires us to actually do some work here. Obviously, there is a process where site shuts down, they give you an export. It'll tow export your content away from their site, and then you have to put that digital content somewhere else on the Web. We don't have a system in place for archiving that content. If you look at newspapers on libraries, they have that content stored in house. They have copies of newspapers, legal paperwork, things that happened in a city or town normally archived by the local council of that place . And you can normally find a copy of those materials. But when you start talking about digital, you talk about digital assets. They are files digital files stored on a service somewhere in the world. Now, if a service shuts down because it can't afford the costs of running, that server story knows things are line because they didn't do advertising into that product. Same way that is what's happened with Vine. That company shuts down, and so you're in a situation where you now have to export your content, made me think that some people who have disconnected from social media for a month or two months will come back and find out that vine is shut down. Or maybe you're traveling. Or maybe you've just decided to not do the Internet, be online or look at content making content anymore, and then to come back and find out that line is shut down on your content has disappeared, so there is no process for really exporting in sharing this else where it got me. Thinking about investing in a digital platform means we often have to have a plan to be able to export it out. So do you have a plan today for all of the sites that you use for social media, Twitter, Facebook, all these different places to be able to export that content And the majority of people will probably say no, you don't have a way or a strategy in place to get that content out of those platforms to share it with your sons, your daughters, the next generation coming up. And if platforms are shutting down by the time they're my daughter is nine. By the time she's 18 which is obviously nine years time, what's gonna happen to the Web, you know it's gonna be completely changed. And if Vine can dine three years, then obviously sites are gonna be dying off quicker if they can't be profitable from the get go. So putting digital memories in three locations globally is pretty much like how enterprises big corporations deal with data. Now they have three locations where they put back up their content via their website in the backup for their content from user administrated content that they put in those backups if they indeed go down as well. So if you got a website is being under attack and you can't get access to those files, you've got a location somewhere on the Web that you can get those files back. So I think you need to start thinking about not just exporting it. Toe one locations, but number of locations and three is pretty much the default. When you're looking at this from an enterprise standard, you have to have three levels off data storage. Normally for insurance policies for your startup. Storage and bandwidth costs are getting cheaper. So obviously storing some of this content in the cloud in different clouds because There's not just one unified cloud. There's lots of companies after out. Google have a cloud. Amazon have a cloud. Wallace and I wanted to briefly touch on, and I'm gonna get into this in a later course is one called Amazon Glacier, where you can upload content to it, and the price distort stuff on there is relatively small. We're talking sense and whether cost is is actually pulling that content back. So it's almost like cold storage and pretend it's why they called it Glacier. Although it's a bit ironic with the climate change that we have something from Amazon called Glacier when we seem to melting all of them, storage is getting cheaper online, so you could as one of your options, store it in Amazon Glacier, and you don't have to just put your vines. It could be any digital media. It all could be backups of your computer could be all of your vines, all of your Facebook, all of your twitter, and just have those, like, locked away. We don't really have a service to be how to do that. I'm sure that startups out there that could make a lot money if they did one of the apse that I have been using again. I'm going to get into this in another course later on is cross FDP dot com. It allows you to log on to s three storage mediums and anything to do with Amazon. Sorry, that update come in the background, but that is another one of my updates from one of my if courses for whatever new job gets posted toe up work to take that course so across ftp dot com is a good way to get files into the cloud, but pay for the future so that you've got those files in the cloud. Now the pay for the future bit is that you obviously have to pay for that content to stay there. So I would look into and contact and email those people that if you've just got for instance, like I have all my vines, got three years of vines and put them onto Amazon Glacier, I would like to know that they're going to be on Amazon Glacier for the next 10 years, So contact them via that their contact form and say How do I pay predicted pay on on just the storage of this amount of data. It's not going to change its just a folder full of 2000 files, which is three years in my life that I want to be able to put into my world for my daughter so that she can get access to it. But you know, if anything happens to me in the next 10 years time, I just think it's a nice little touch to preserve a bit that digital legacy because we don't have everything as physical copies of like photography these days. So it's just an idea that maybe you can to share on archive some of those digital memories . 3. 1.2 - let's discuss digital legacy: all right, So three years off vine content I've got now just sitting there, it reminded me of sometimes I completely forgot about. So it's really nice to have these lights snippets off my life from a three year chapter of my life. And I've got them over on Giffey as gifts that I've got no audio has been really useful to use them as auto posts on to Twitter. Obviously, there's no sound, but they just animate around because that's what fine does. It kind of looks around, and it got me thinking about kind of use these for remixing and sharing and archiving. I'm very much in a place of wanting to share and give away a lot of the media that I'd make , and that's from pictures and video. But I started thinking, Well, now that it's it's shutting down, I've got three years of things that I can mash up. So where could you put these things to get the most out of them? So I want to go through a few frame dot Io was the first place I thought off you get two gigabytes of space free. They converted to hate email, fly for you, which is the current president Video standard for the Web. Most browsers now automatically support HTML five playback with out any plug ins whatsoever . I do worry that we won't have html five in 10 years. Time might be Hatem El 10. So obviously will need to convert that. I'm hoping the companies that we store on convertible that stuff automatically, but make sure you get a service level agreement and s L. A with the company decided host with a friend. I'll give you two gig. Just my file is just about come under two gig so I could get all of the three years onto framed io converse in haste amount. Five. I can share those files with lots of different people, and they could grab them for free and mashed them opal mate remixes. Or even just leave that logging u R L for my daughter to be able to log in and play back some of that content based email. Five. I think is gonna be around, at least for the next two or three years. Another thing that I thought about was how about mashing it up? So you got a playlist off all your vines on Uist here, and you have the ability to just jump in and out of different vines and maybe have people just be out of go through. The playlist have jumped two chapters on that playlist as well. Another one I thought was Coop and Kube is offering an export all but I will give you a word of warning. This morning I woke up around 8 39 o'clock and found that I had 100 Twitter posts from Cooper that automatically had shared my imports from Vine because I exported all my vines to Coop. They started actually running the import process today. I got blocked on Twitter for my daily amount of post because I posted 100 Twitter posting 30 minutes because it just as they were importing it was tweeting out. I didn't know anything about it. I upset a few people feel really bad about it cause I had the ship. Not really, though they should have just turned off all tweeting while they were doing an import process of something like that. I think that's just the common thing that you find when you're moving stuff about. It was a big mistake on my part. It was bonfire night last night, had a bottle of wine, so I woke up with us a bit of a heavy head. Onda disappointed. Look when I saw her. All these tweets will be very careful when you're importing and exporting that you've got the sharing tab on tick. So Cooper have got this three x portal. Like I say, just be very careful about importing and exporting content. Another thing that you could do and I suggest that you should do it is to stall that a story legacy. So cco or open social video shots. That way, that content may get reused. Remixed in the future in somebody else's video on you might be precious about the content. It might be very personal. Might be content that you don't want to share of your son's or daughter's bearing in mind, though you could also open source that in the future. So by the time they're sort of 18 you could unlock that stuff and allow it to be used because that growing up and you don't have to worry about that anymore. 4. 1.3 - how long will your host exist?: So then let's talk about legacy a little bit. So YouTube has only been around since 2005. 11 years. How long off some of these digital platforms gonna be around? I think the vine shutdown shows us that the time for an audience engagement is getting less and less and less. We're finding a lot of these companies starting up having an exit strategy of two years. They build a platform, get the community on there, get enough eyeballs when it gets to a certain point, you could go to investors to take more money, the scale, the product to sell a lot of stuff through advertising. And then the plug gets pulled because of either poor management or it's just had its time and people are onto another platform. The culture off the burn rate off startups is not something that I I approve doesn't really give you any kind of digital legacy. So if you're trying to invest for the first time in a digital platform, bear in mind that that platform may not be around in two or three years time and be ready to jump ship to another place aunt, have a strategy in place to be able to back up your digital legacy, find a host that can give you in an S. L A agreement. A service level agreement to host your content. Will they still be around in five years Time? Can you pay for the next 10 years having that ability to know that if something happens to you after you're gone, to find that content later on on the Web so that your Children or your spouse or other people that have known you confined on playback and retweet that stuff after you've gone or even just open source it so other people can remix it? I think it's at a nice touch to be able to leave a legacy like that. Normally, you can speak to these host about civil service level agreement, and they can put together some legal paperwork to prove that you have ah hosting plan in place for the next half decade. So leaving the keys to their digital castle in your will to the kids, I use a great application called Dash Lane that remembers all my passwords. This is also a great way to leave secure notes when you passed on or when somebody in your family passes on, you can automate a system that unlocks the master key for your account and that allows people to log into all your different sites Facebook, Twitter, things like that so that they can export your content after you've gone to different platforms. If you've got a strategy in place to do that, will they be even able to play that former in the future? Think about it. The formats that we played today, MP four has been around for a long time. Hey, Steam L five is a new format. What All the devices, What are the Codex? What are the formats that media is going to be in the future if everybody's wearing glasses with kind of VR glasses integration inside of it? What former even is that is that local is it streamed off the Web? We would have to adapt and change our formats on the flight, or you need to speak to your host about how they're going to adapt to the future. Are they automatically going to run your content through a converter as um, when new Codex appear so digitally analog? There were thing to say, but plugging in a local hard drive to your machine because even though it's a digital device, you're copying files from your local hard drive. Who that local hard drive so it's not fully cloud based. It's not on another service somewhere in the world. I would suggest that as a precursor to looking at hosting on the cloud getting service level agreements, the easy way to do this will be to buy a big, hard drive, use it once, fill it with digital content, store it in a safe somewhere, or make sure it's provided to somebody that when you've passed on when they sign for it, as Celester is awesome kind of legal place, that would be one way for you to be able to match up your legacy after you've gone. 5. 1.4 - let's take a look at Let's quickly talk about archive. Dog and nonprofits archive dog have been taking snapshots off the Internet for decades. Have been around for such a long time. Probably, I would say, maybe 20 years. And they've been a fiver one C, which is a non profit. So they asked for donations. They've been taking snapshots of the Internet, maybe Noel the media files, but definitely snapshots of websites as websites used to be back in back in the day. You can have a lock on the way back machine to see some of the website, as they were when they started. Google and Amazon and eBay are interesting. Wants to look at from 10 years ago archive on other projects on nonprofit. They need your support that need your donations archive. Give you the ability to upload on open social content on archived or as one of your three storage options. So do look at archive the Orc. It can be a little bit slow to upload, but bear in mind they haven't got super super gigs of space or cloud access. They do need your donation. So if you're gonna be moving, say, three years of vine videos on their into a folder. Give them a donation. They really need your support, all the money that they can get for the work that they do. Look around for other 501 See nonprofits stateside and in your local country. You may find that there's a local project that's tryingto kal eight and collect together all of the content from around the local town or city. Still, that on the Web to support your local archiving projects, supporting these developers may help shape the adaptive needs of your files. Those formats that I was mentioning in the previous lecture, what will exist in the future? What formats will exist They will need to develop from code to convert some of those formats into future formats to make sure that your contact gets discovered to do support these startups wherever you can afford. 6. 1.5 - take part in the project!: All right, then. Five step project. Go to your project in the bar below. Putting awesome project title in the project Workspace to be creative. Tell me about how you're gonna be mashing up your content. Do you have years and years of content that you don't want to lose whereabouts? Have you got stuff hosted? Do you have a plan in place? I'd love to know about that. Include pictures and the steps that you talk to be able to export that content. Pick a sweet cover image something off. No more pictures. We've just put up a brand new batch. Off photos, air, click, save time. You done? 7. 1.6 - the roundup: so that guys the roundup is pretty hard to think of the future like this, but with digital content changes every few days. But what memories are we saving? If we don't have the physical versions of those photos and videos, we need to really have a plan in place to make sure that a site that shuts down we don't lose that content to make some time to go through the process off exporting that content, What do you want to save? What are you going to be sharing and leaving as a legacy? Are you gonna share some of your content and give it away for free? Are you going to keep it private? Make sure that is left in a legal document to your Children, have a look and have spent some time looking at this because I think it's important to leave this after you've gone. Speak to a solicitor or counselor about putting together a digital service level agreement with the host that you wanna work with. They will be able to do some more legal paperwork to make sure that's all above board, and you paid for a certain amount of time for that host to store your files. And thanks for watching a lead me feedback in the project. I'd love to know if you have an opinion about this. Are you thinking about digital? Lexie De do already? You have a hard rifle of backups. How we gonna leave content when you're gone? Thanks for watching I speak to you soon. 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