After reading: http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/4825
I’m actually not sure how to present this idea because in today’s hyper-sensitive world community of “activists”, anything can be construed as evil, manipulative, or exploitive. So, I guess I will have to say that this is my idea for myself, but if anyone else thinks it’s a good idea and can run with it while dodging whatever arrows are fired by the SJW’s, have at it.
So the premise of the article is that there is an unbelievable amount of data that needs archived into some non-degradable, digital format for preservation. I’m certainly not opposed to it, despite whatever posts I’ve made about “anchors”, “baggage”, “simplification” and so on. And it’s something that I would like to help with, but right now, I am in a generally busy part of my life. This is a very labor-intensive task, and it has a degree of drudgery. Maybe 20 years ago, I would have been able to devote large chunks of time to the cause, and maybe in 20 years I will have that opportunity again, when I am retired.
That’s when it hit me. There are a lot of people out there that are… hmm, have to be sensitive about this… underutilized. Those people could find a purpose by contributing/donating labor to the archival project. In the spirit of my previous post, they could do archival work. Maybe (hopefully) they might find the work fulfilling and be driven by the same purpose. Then they could be archivists. For many of the people in the demographic I am envisioning, the archival process could also be a nostalgic endeavor. This could be a potential source for metadata in the archives.
It’s a pretty well-known fact that people who end up in retirement homes fade away quicker because they lose a sense of purpose, the knowing that you are needed and the feeling that your contributions have value. So, what if archival stations were set up in some retirement homes? Give some of the residents training on use of the equipment, let them know the benefits their efforts are providing and let them do as much as they wish to do?
The hardware is certainly not a problem. Hardware is cheap now. It’s the labor that is expensive, unless that labor is donated. I hope I can remember to do what I can when I am too old to contribute in the fast lane of technology. Just get me off the highway and into the rest area with a bunch of data for slow processing and I’ll do what I can.