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Digital Curation and the Citizen Archivist

Cox, Richard J (2009) Digital Curation and the Citizen Archivist. Digital Curation: Practice, Promises & Prospects. 102 - 109.

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The increasing array and power of personal digital recordkeeping systems promises both to make it more difficult for established archives to acquire personal and family archives and less likely that individuals might wish to donate personal and family digital archives to archives, libraries, museums, and other institutions serving as documentary repositories. This paper provides a conceptual argument for how projects such as the Digital Curation one ought to consider developing spinoffs for archivists training private citizens how to preserve, manage, and use digital personal and family archives. Rethinking how we approach the public, which will increasingly face difficult challenges in caring for their digital archives, also brings with it substantial promise in informing them about the nature and importance of the archival mission. Can the Digital Curation project provide tools that canbe used for working with the public?


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cox, Richard Jrjcox@pitt.eduRJCOX
Date: 3 April 2009
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Digital Curation: Practice, Promises & Prospects
Publisher: University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science
Page Range: 102 - 109
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Archival, advocacy, blogs, and, blogging, citizen, archivists, collecting, diaries, digital, curation, electronic, mail, ephemera, family, archives, Internet, personal, archives, personal, computing, photography, recordkeeping, scrapbooks, World, Wide, Web.
Date Deposited: 27 May 2009 22:39
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 18:55


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