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BUILDING A TIME CAPSULE

DECIDE ON YOUR CAPSULES PURPOSE

NAME YOUR CAPSULE

INVOLVE YOUR CLASS

SELECT RETRIEVAL DATE

SELECT A CONTAINER - PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL

SECURE ITEMS FOR STORAGE

CREATE A LIST OF YOUR INVENTORY

SELECT YOUR LOCATION

HAVE A SEALING AND BURIAL CEREMONY

MARK THE LOCATION

REGISTER YOUR CAPSULE

 

BUILDING A DIGITAL TIME CAPSULE

IDENTIFY

SELECT AND UNIFY UNDER ONE ROOF

CREATE A CONSISTENT ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE.
METADATA IS INFORMATION ABOUT THE WHAT, WHO, WHEN, HOW, WHY AND WHERE REGARDING ANY GIVEN OBJECT, IDEA OR EVENT. THEREFORE, METADATA PLAYS AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN THE PERSONAL/FAMILY ARCHIVE.

MAKE COPIES

MANAGE THEM IN DIFFERENT PLACES

SET AN OPENING DATE

PASSWORD ENCRYPTIONS

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GUIDES

Read it Here First

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DIGITAL FORMATS

Preferences among digital formats will be based on a balance among the factors: disclosure, adoption, transparency, self-documentation, external dependencies, impact of patents, technical protection, quality, and functionality. Sometimes these factors compete. For example, some formats adopted widely for delivery of content to end users are proprietary or apply lossy compression for transmission over low-bandwidth networks. Disclosure can substitute for transparency; for example, the developers of the JPEG 2000 format based on wavelet compression are said to have tested the published specification by giving it to several programmers independently and asking them to program a compliant viewer based only on the specification. For content of high cultural value and for which a special functionality has particular significance, the ability of a format to support that functionality may outweigh the sustainability factors.

WHAT TO INCLUDE IN PHYSICAL CONTAINERS

Careful consideration of what to include in the container
Deterioration of one material in the time capsule can lead to deterioration of the other materials contained in the time capsule, since they are in a limited, closed space together.
Minimize the risk of unexpected chemical interactions among the time capsule contents by packaging each item: put each item or group of like items in acid- and lignin-free paper envelopes, folders, or boxes; uncoated PET zipper bags; or glass or PET, HDPE, or PP plastic vials with screw-top lids.

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PACKING THE TIME CAPSULE

Group materials by classes, with a separate compartment for each. Similar kinds of papers in one, plastics in another, other substances in a third.

THE LOCATION

A good place to keep the storage container.

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A GOOD PHYSICAL STORAGE CONTAINER

Select a container that is non-rusting, strong, waterproof that can be sealed tightly.