CBC Doc Zone: Deluged by Data

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PUSLINCH, Ontario, March 5, 2015 — Local business owner Daina Makinson will appear as part of a group of experts on CBC’s DOC ZONE to discuss how our digital photos are causing us to suffer from data overload. On March 12 at 9 p.m. EST, the popular documentary series will air an episode titled “Deluged by Data,” which will examine how mountains of data piling up on our computers and devices are wreaking havoc.

Everyone who has a cell phone is a photographer these days and takes pictures of what’s on their dinner plate to the first peek of their newborn child. Makinson, a certified photo organizer and owner of Snap Shot Solutions, along with a Toronto client, are briefly interviewed about how difficult it is to locate digital photos that are amassing at an alarming rate.

While it has become even easier to take a photo, computers are not discerning and keep everything. Emails, documents, good and bad photos – whether they are needed or not. Finding data when it’s needed can be an overwhelming and time consuming task. But losing precious data can cause just as much chaos as having too much.

“Our generation needs to realize that no backup format is infallible,” explained Makinson. “I’ve seen a number of cloud services go under, and people’s photos with them. External hard drives and computers crash. Phones are lost. We are in jeopardy of losing an entire decade of photos and the history that goes along with it. Photos are what help bind families together and connect all generations from story to story, so to lose those digital memories is devastating. We need to have a solid plan to back-up our digital lives.”

However, not knowing where to begin, how to edit and find duplicates or how to organize digital photos effectively can be an equally overwhelming task that ends up as a non-starter. That’s where the services and advice of an expert like Makinson can help restore the peace.

The March 12 episode of DOC ZONE will take a deep look at this fast-paced and rapidly advancing world of technology where we are bombarded by data.