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    Learn More About Metadata

    I've been a fan of adding value to files with metadata for a long time. If you've ever used your computer search engine to find a specific file and the only identifier is a name like "lastsatfun.doc" or "IMG_0124.JPG," you know how difficult the task can be.

    Metadata, or "data about data," adds simple tags to files making them easier to find and giving you a chance to group, organize, and understand the relationships between files with the same tags. It's a bit like using a index to your files; your job is to provide the key words that make the index valuable.

    If you are unfamiliar with the term "metadata" you might wonder why I'm throwing out other words like "tags" and "keywords." Many software programs use these terms interchangeably. Sometimes they function in slightly different ways, but essentially metadata tags, and keywords all do a similar task by classifying your files for better access.

    Want to learn more? You are in luck because on 7 February 2013 DearMYRTLE will be hosting "Metadata is your Friend" a DearMYRTLE Workshop Webinar with Denise Barrett Olson and Thomas MacEntee.

    Way back in the early days of my adventures in archiving, I read Denise Olson's posts about metadata and knew I had found a kindred soul. With three tech-gurus meeting to talk about using metadata in your family history work, Thursday's webinar workshop promises to be an outstanding event.

    Sign up at DearMYRTLE to attend Thursday, February at 6pm. And, while you are waiting for the event, do a little advance homework so you are ready to get as much as you can from the evening --

    Photo Metadata, at the Moultrie Creek Gazette

    Using Adobe Lightroom to Manage Genealogy Images, at The Family Curator


    Video Interview and FREE Download, Blog Book Tour Visits DearMYRTLE

    The Future of Your Genealogy Research

    I am delighted to be a Guest today for a special recorded video interview with DearMYRTLE on the Blog Book Tour for my new book How to Archive Family Keepsakes. We all know that nothing much is certain, except for "death and taxes." The fate of our genealogy records and research are no exception. Without a plan for the future, our careful work could all end up in the trash.

    .Join Myrt and I as we talk about the future of our family history records and research, from donation options to inheritance. Blog Tour visitors will also discover the exclusive link to a FREE downloadable Genealogical Codicil that can be used to help make your wishes known to your family and friends.

    from DearMYRTLE
    You've heard about The Family Curator's Blog Book Tour, mentioned earlier this month in my post Great way to raise funds for student participation. Well, today, Denise Levenick comes to visit DearMYRTLE's Blog in the form of this video interview.  Be sure to scroll down for info about the free copy of the "Genealogy Codicil" from Denise's book. (continue at DearMYRTLE). .  .


     Ready to purchase your own copy of How to Archive Family Keepsakes? Now available in both PRINT and eBook editions. Click the button to see ordering options.

    Win an Oversize Archive Kit

    Join us for Week 2 of the Blog Book Tour for more exclusive articles on working with family history photos, documents, and artifacts, and a chance to win the Week 2 Giveaway Prize. Enter by leaving a comment at the the Guest Blog Post. Each comment gives you one chance to win; one entry per post, please. Leave a comment at each stop on the blog tour and increase your chances of winning. Check the Blog Tour Schedule and catch up on any posts you may have missed. Winners will be announced on Saturday, 26 January 2013.

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