How it works
Create a Time Capsule. Another major life event? Create another. Create a whole series. Make one for everyone in the family. Link them. Enjoy for lifetimes and beyond.
Create your Time Capsule and link it to your family history forever. Choose to make a NotForgotten Video, and share it publicly; make a NotForgotten Video but keep it private until you are gone; or fill your capsule with documents, books, videos and photos.
The real you, for generations. Film an outstanding memorable audiovisual legacy - a "NotForgotten Video". Tell your story through one of our stunning templates. Use the app to film your video scenes or upload your own scenes to our site, and NotForgotten will edit it into a full-feature stunning format. Personal stories can also be created in collaboration with a certified NotForgotten videographer. After that .... its your choice whether to keep the video private or share it in the NotForgotten gallery.
Upload your digital assets for preservation as part of your Time Capsule. Digital Assets are documents, images, videos, and audio files of any kind, or any valid file type on a PC or mobile device. Up to 2 GB of Digital Assets are included as part of 300 year packages only.
NotForgotten creates a family history record for each time capsule so it can be discovered and enjoyed by families for generations. This file is called a GEDCOM file. Provide as much data about your family tree as you choose but the higher the detail, the higher the chances of your capsule being traced centuries from now.
Share it or bury it
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All Time Capsules are copied and "buried" in the care of the Digital Preservation Trust. All capsules will eventually become a public library resource - you decide when.
To be discovered centuries from now
Time Capsules become public library property – after an optional time period prescribed by the user – with each capsule acting as an edition in NotForgotten’s library of shared human experience. This optional time period is your "Advance Directive" and sets the Public Availability Date for your Time Capsule.
“There’s even a whole phobia, athazagoraphobia, dedicated to the fear of being forgotten. With NotForgotten, people can tell their life story first-hand and offer life advice for their future family members."
|| Woman’s Daily Magazine
If you filmed a NotForgotten video you have the option to either share your story in the public gallery showcase of NotForgotten Videos, or to keep it private.
“Consider, NotForgotten’s digital time capsule – the gift of immortalizing one’s life for centuries to come.”
|| Woman’s Daily Magazine
NotForgotten combats the possibility of data rot and server failure by creating three versions of each digital time capsule: one for the user, and two stored separately on different kinds of media, within secure vaults and servers, both in different locations in the United States. Read more about secure storage in our knowledge base.
“A scrapbook can be damaged, lost or destroyed but a NotForgotten video is securely stored in two locations: on the cloud and in a physical form, on a tape in a secure, climate-controlled facility.”
|| Fortune Herald
In order for a Time Capsule to be "opened" centuries from now, it needs to be to be found centuries from now. "Proof of existence" is created in three ways so that your Time Capsule can be located long after you are gone, wherever people are searching for you.
NotForgotten will generate and supply you with your unique GEDCOM file which links information about your family tree to the virtual and physical locations of your capsule. When someone searches on genealogy tools in the future, our goal is that your file will come up and point them to your Time Capsule.
Bibliographic records of all 150 and 300 year capsules are created and placed in the WorldCat catalog - the world’s most comprehensive database of information about library collections. WorldCat makes library collections findable and accessible on the web, where most people start their search for information.
NotForgotten will create a discoverable, trackable and irreversible record of your Time Capsule on the Ethereum blockchain. Your data will be added to the NotForgotten Smart Contract which will renew every year for 300 years, so that when people search for you online in the future they will know that it was you who once said “this is mine”.
Protected by the Library Trust
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The NotForgotten Digital Preservation Trust has been established with the primary mission to care for the library of NotForgotten’s Time Capsules and keep our promises to our customers for centuries to come. Each new Time Capsule will be incorporated into the assets of the Trust.
Providing public access to the Time Capsules.
NotForgotten adheres to preservation policy standards set forth by the U.S. Library of Congress, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, and WITNESS. NotForgotten is aligned with the goals outlined in the Open Archival Information Systems (OAIS) Reference Model (ISO 14721:2003). Time capsule records are maintained in a ISO- 27001 certified data repository system.
“We aren’t just creating the ability for people to capture themselves digitally in a time capsule, we are also creating a library of human experience. OCLC, a global library cooperative based in Ohio, has approved NotForgotten’s status as a library, therefore recognizing it as a public resource of information that can be accessed and researched for the next few centuries."
|| California Business Journal
Each Time Capsule will be encoded, all NotForgotten Videos transcribed, and metadata will comply to world class archiving and meta-data standards.
“New collaboration to facilitate AI-enabled metadata and insights about events,people, places and emotions to create a complete picture of a point in time”
The Digital Preservation Trust will support your time capsule hundreds of years into the future - directing storage strategies, technology strategies, discovery strategies and updating technology. NotForgotten combats the possibility of data rot and server failure by conducting regular technology updates on its library of time capsules.
“When you’re contributing your video, your time capsule to NotForgotten’s library, you’re contributing to a future, accurate history of people that’s going to be studied for generations to come”
|| California Business Journal
Its easy to get started
01: Create a Time Capsule
02: Share it or bury it
03: Copies saved in secure vaults
04: Historical records created
05: Protected by an independent library trust