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The Long Term Fate of Our Digital Belongings: Toward a Service Model for Personal Archives

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The Long Term Fate of Our Digital Belongings: Toward a Service Model for Personal Archives
We conducted a preliminary field study to understand the current state of personal digital archiving in practice. Our aim is to design a service for the long-term storage, preservation, and access of digital belongings by examining how personal archiving needs intersect with existing and emerging archiving technologies, best practices, and policies. Our findings not only confirmed that experienced home computer users are creating, receiving, and finding an increasing number of digital belongings, but also that they have already lost irreplaceable digital artifacts such as photos, creative efforts, and records. Although participants reported strategies such as backup and file replication for digital safekeeping, they were seldom able to implement them consistently. Four central archiving themes emerged from the data: (1) people find it difficult to evaluate the worth of accumulated materials; (2) personal storage is highly distributed both on- and offline; (3) people are experiencing m...
Catherine C. Marshall, Sara A. Bly, Francoise Brun
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Type Journal
Year 2007
Where CORR
Authors Catherine C. Marshall, Sara A. Bly, Francoise Brun-Cottan
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