This week I had the uncool news that I needed to tell my friend that her only USB stick bearing all of her university experience and 7 years of family photos will cost her $90-500 CAD to recover since she had it nowhere else- breaking our collective hearts.
To this conversation to prevent the tears again:
do you go cloud?
online application integrations through social connections like family search.org or ancestry.com or myheritage.com?
multiple offline storages?
paper hard copy?
Publish a book and call it?
There are pros and cons to all of the above.
You can get it anywhere there is the internet available
It is expandable
In many cases, you can have it online
Traditionally it is easy to share or control the administrative or viewing only access
more than just genealogy can be shared
The internet is needed to update the files between sites
more often than not there is a tangible reoccurring cost
security issues keep hitting the media
there is a minimum technical comfort level needed.
Online Socialized Integrations Pros:
Live updating between like-minded people-
gaurenteed protection from losses
super easy to share
data is 24/7 and not locked to hardware
universalization and duplicate data controlled (only one specific person talked about not 30 of the same person)
Online Socialized Integrations Cons.
Errors are across everyone’s data
may be a cost
only having specific file types or data
data integration into the application you are using maybe no longer supported or forcibly transferred to another support application or company
data harvesting to the profit of the company hosting (hints and clues are sold without your profit)
.Multiple off-line storage (eg 2+ duplicate USB sticks)
FULL control, share only when you want when you want
computers fail- your data is safe
security issues don’t exist
cost is one and done. No re-occurring