97% of people we surveyed want to keep their best photos for the rest of their life or for generations
People wish to keep their photos and their records for lifetime or even generations, yet many appear unconcerned about the fact that in a few years' time current devices and on-line services may no longer be in use, and even the file formats might not be supported. Old fashioned printed books and documents are still the best. Fortunately they are much easier to produce now.
Incartek has conducted a survey on behalf of OPUS albums and found out that:
41% of responders say their photos should be kept and found the 'rest of my life'.
40% thought that computers in 2020 would be able to read current CD’s and JPG files.
What is your opinion? E-mail me. (email@example.com)
We asked Microsoft for their view. This is the response of their spokesperson:
- 2020 is less than 13 years away.
Even they can’t be sure. I think you get the point.
We also placed a poll Will photo-share (like Flikr) and video-share (like You Tube) be around in 20 years time? – with the responses
Both of these services will be doing fine (even if they've changed ownership or name)
We have not yet received enough responses on this one. Your comments are welcome.Our conclusion
Our times are in God’s hands we know; how long the ‘rest of our lives are’ we don’t know. Some readers, not me, might hope to live to 2080 – generations would mean 100 years or more! Can one foresee the electronic media that would be around then? CD’s will have gone the way of the floppy and tape cassette. If one wants to keep your records indefinitely, electronic media – at home or at a central repository – cannot be relied on. One thing is for sure though – well printed documents on archival acid free papers with permanent (pigmented) ink should last, especially if kept in a good environment. This is where companies like OPUSalbums.com come in.Loss of your photos is traumatic - to anybody OPUSalbums.com is a specialist in home and office printed albums, scrapbooks, creative and archival papers. It is part of Ink Cartridge Technologies Ltd, Rochester, England.
If you wish to contribute to these polls (You may have to join Ecademy first, but I recommend it):
or enter the full questionnaire©Daniel Roberts – July 2007