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I, Digital: Personal Collections in the Digital Era (EPUB)

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  • Edited by Christopher (Cal) Lee

  • When it comes to personal collections, we live in exciting times. Individuals are living their lives in ways that are increasingly mediated by digital technologies—digital photos and video footage, music, the social web, email, and other day-to-day interactions. Although this mediation presents many technical challenges for long-term preservation, it also provides unprecedented opportunities for documenting the lives of individuals.

    Ten archivists share their expertise on the various aspects of the management of digital information in I, Digital: Personal Collections in the Digital Era. The volume is divided in three parts:

    • Part 1 is devoted to conceptual foundations and motivations.
    • Part 2 focuses on particular types, genres, and forms of personal traces; areas of further study; and new opportunities for appraisal and collection.
    • Part 3 addresses strategies and practices of professionals who work in memory institutions.

    Chapters explore issues, challenges, and opportunities in the management of personal digital collections, focusing primarily on born-digital materials generated and kept by individuals.

    Contributions to I, Digital represent the depth in thinking about how cultural institutions can grapple with new forms of documentation, and how individuals manage—and could better manage—digital information that is part of contemporary life.

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    Publisher: Society of American Archivists (2011)
    Epub: 379 pages
    ISBN: 978-1-931666-42-8

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  • "I, Digital offers the reader a highly accessible introduction for those starting out in the profession, as well as food for thought for experts in the field seeking to expand their knowledge."
    New England Archivists Newsletter (April 2012)

    "...discusses tantalizing prospects for the future of collecting."
    Business Archives (May 2012)

    ". . . the book well reflects the paradigm shift in the cultural heritage sector that is already well under way in personal digital archiving, and is worth a read for that perspective alone."
    Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (June 2012)

    "The essays in this volume are a valuable overview of current approaches and issues relevant to personal digital collections, but they also contain some pointers alerting us to even more profound changes."
    Archives and Manuscripts (July 2012)