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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. pp. 102-109.

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    Abstract

    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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    Cox, Richard J.rcox@mail.sis.pitt.edurcox@mail.sis.pitt.edu
    Title: Digital Curation and the Citizen Archivist
    Status: Published
    Abstract:

    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?

    Date: 03 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: pp. 102-109
    Institution: University of Pittsburgh
    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.
    Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
    Date Deposited: 27 May 2009 18:39
    Last Modified: 14 Jul 2011 13:32

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