- We need to have an organizational plan for our hard drive.
- Develop a naming format for our digital files.
- In order to make it easier to find files, we should consider the use of "tags" or metadata.
What I am saying is you should put some thought into how you are going to do these things going forward and develop a plan. If you write your plan down, that is even better because you will be more likely to remember and follow your plan.
Just remember, you need to come up with a plan that will work for you and that you will follow consistently! Keep it as simple as possible. It doesn't do any good to come up with a plan and then not follow it.
This is where our list of resources begins to come in handy:
- Number 19 - Dear Myrtle's Organizing Checklist for February under week 3 describes her file naming scheme.
- Number 20 will help you with your hard drive organization. In addition, Lisa Louise Cooke's article, "Organizing Your Hard Drive," in the May 2010 issue of Family Tree Magazine provides a written account of her podcast and UTube videos in listed in Number 20.
- For photographs see Organizing Your Hard Drive: Photo Filing Tips.
- One of my all time favorite blog posts on naming files is a series at Ancestories:
- Tuesday's Tip: Organizing Your Digital Files.
- Update on Tuesday's Tip: Organizing Your Digital Files.
- Tuesday's Tip: Organizing Digital Research Notes, Emails, and Reports
- On the topic of tags and metadata, Moultrie Creek Gazette recently had a post titled, Let's talk tags which is informative.
Here are links to my project:
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