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Personal Digital Collections

Deborah Barreau, Christine Borgman, William Jones, Cathy Marshall, Luz M. Quiroga

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


The amount of digital content generated and maintained by individuals has been continuously growing. Personal content ranges from informal to formal, and includes scholarly papers, blogs, genealogical records, personal Web pages, photo albums, family videos, music collections, slide presentations, bookmarks, personal correspondence, articles, computer programs, audio recordings (e.g., research interviews), spaces in collaborative systems, and personal digital libraries.

Among other trends, digital storage available for personal use increases dramatically in capacity while declining in cost. Tools to capture information for us and about us are becoming increasingly pervasive. Also, some systems being developed focus on supporting organization of information while others rely on improving searching mechanisms.

Panelists will address some of the challenges in the management of personal digital collections when gathering, organizing, preserving, segmenting, accessing, and using digital content. Specific concerns that need to be discussed include those related to privacy, security, copyrights and version control; other concerns refer to the implications of having access to large amounts of personal digital information: how it will affect creativity and critical thinking? How much information do we really want to record? What kind of functionalities in supporting tools do we need?


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