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
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.
MANAGE THEM IN DIFFERENT PLACES
SET AN OPENING DATE
Read it Here First
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.