Challenges and Opportunities for Personal Digital Archiving

Until recently, the question of what people saved and valued centered on physical artifacts. It is only in the last decade or so, with the rise of cheap digital recording equipment (e.g. cameras), and equally cheap storage, that people began to accumulate significant collections of digital belongings. Using qualitative data gathered across a range of different personal digital archiving studies, this chapter examines the kinds of digital belongings people keep, how they think about deletion and loss, and how these notions translate into strategies and tactics for keeping digital material safe, both at home, and in the cloud. The chapter also explores elements of digital stewardship and personal collection building practiced by everyday people with an eye toward guiding them to a set of best practices to supplement what they already do.

Publisher  Society of American Archivists
Society of American Archivists, 2011


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