Dorothea Salo

Distinguished Faculty Associate

Library and Information Studies

Dorothea Salo teaches about digital information in the iSchool at UW-Madison: everything from online privacy and security to relational-database design. She has also built “Recover Analog and Digital Data” (RADD) to save personal, family, and community history in Wisconsin from decaying 20th-century media such as VHStapes and floppy disks. Her professional interests include copyright, scholarly communication, and digital preservation.


  • How 20th century Wisconsin history is hostage to deteriorating and obsolete media technologies, and how we can still save that history for future generations! Which media technologies are most at risk? Who is working on this problem in Wisconsin, and how to be part of the solution. How technology decay touches Wisconsin families and communities.

    Approximate Length of Talk: 20 minutes – 1.5 hours

  • Privacy and Security Online. Every page you take, every click you make, someone’s watching you! Learn how to cut down on the “data exhaust” you generate. Learn ways to protect yourself and your family from account hacks and identity theft.

    Approximate Length of Talk: 20 minutes – 1.5 hours

  • If you are like many Wisconsinites, your family history is gradually moving from analog (photographs, letters, keepsakes) to digital (websites, social-media accounts, files in the cloud). Learn how to ensure your family’s digital history doesn’t disappear in a cloud of pixels!

    Approximate Length of Talk: 20 minutes – 1.5 hours