Personal Archiving

Conference Update

January 23rd, 2011 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Here is an update on the Personal Digital Archiving 2011 Conference to be held February 24 & 25, 2011 at The Internet Archive, San Francisco. For the latest information on sessions and speakers, please see the schedule.


Register for the conference at Early bird rates end February 1.


The Internet Archive is located at 300 Funston Ave. in the Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco. Directions to the Internet Archive are at

A map is available at,+San+Francisco,+CA

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The Internet Archive has put on hold a block of rooms at the Hotel Tomo. If you would like to reserve one, please do so by following this link:

We have arranged a special rate of $115 that is good for the nights of the conference as well as three days prior and after if you so wish to extend your trip. The hotel is about 20 minutes and $2 away on the Geary Street bus line, which runs every few minutes. Please contact Laura Milvy at if you need any assistance with the hotel.


The conference will be held on February 24-25 at the Internet Archive in San Francisco. Doors will open at 8.30 on both days, with sessions starting at 9 a.m. and running until 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Thursday evening, there will be a reception after 5 p.m., and lightning talks in the evening beginning at 7.30 p.m. Posters sessions will be during breaks and at lunch.

The full conference schedule is at


Major Projects in Personal Digital Archiving. Reports on one project with petabytes of personal materials, and another from one of the world’s great libraries.

Strategies, Tools & Services for Individuals. Tools and services for archiving personal data come and go, but the strategies for ensuring long term access to it are – or should be – more enduring. This session will focus on strategies individuals can apply, referencing particular tools and services as examples.

Makers: DIY Personal Archives. The experiences of individuals who have built their own personal archives and systems, and researchers who have tried to interpret such efforts, share their real world experiences.

Personal Archiving Systems and Interfaces for Institutions. What are the experiences and design decisions of institutions that have built systems for personal digital archives?

Making Sense of What’s Online. What are the best approaches to collecting, preserving, and interpreting social network data, news, and other online information?

Economics. What are the costs of personal archiving? What new approaches to paying these costs are needed?

Images: Capture and Collection. Billions of cameras are in the hands of billions of individuals. What is the future of this material? How will it be stored, accessed, and interpreted?

User Studies. Careful observation of archival practices reveal some surprising things about user behavior; this session covers the results of four such studies.

Archiving the Computer Industry. Founders of the computer industry reflect on the challenges of using computers to preserve their ideas creations.

Teaching, Professional Development & Theory. Personal digital archiving is fast becoming professionalized; how can it be taught, formalized appropriately, and re-conceived?

Personal Health Data. Perhaps the most critical personal data relates to health. What is and will be collected, how will it be stored and shared?

Forensics, Privacy, Security. What is the proper boundary between public and private data? How far should archivists go in collecting what might be private data?


Devin Becker (University of Idaho) & Collier Nogues (University of California, Irvine)
Gordon Bell (Microsoft Research)
Linda Branagan, PhD (Director, Telemedicine Products, Medweb)
Ellysa Stern Cahoy (Penn State University)
Evan Carroll & John Romano (The Digital Beyond)
Elizabeth Churchill (Yahoo! Research)
Richard Cox (University of Pittsburgh)
Birkin James Diana (Brown University Digital Repository)
Aiden Doherty (Dublin City University)
Christine (& Doug) Englebart
Ed Feigenbaum (Stanford University)
Rich Gibson (Gigapan Project)
Dan Gillmor (Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship)
Ben Gross (independent)
Khaled Hassounah (MedHelp)
Stan James (Lijit Networks)
Jeremy Leighton John (British Library, Digital Lives)
Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive)
Lori Kendall (University of Illinois)
Joanne Lang (AboutOne)
Cal Lee (University of North Carolina)
Kathleen Legg (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
Clifford Lynch (CNI)
Cathy Marshall (Microsoft Research)
Dave Marvit (Fujitsu Laboratories of America)
Mark Matienzo (Yale University Library) & Amelia Abreu
Ted Nelson (Xanadu)
Evan Prodromou (StatusNet)
Daniel Reetz (DIY Book Scanner)
Rudy Rucker, Sr. Science fiction author
Jason Scott (Archive Team)
Marc Smith (Connected Action Consulting Group)
Dwight Swanson (Center for Home Movies)
Jeff Ubois (conference chair)
Debbie Weissman (UCLA)
Laura Welcher (Long Now Foundation)
Kam Woods (University of North Carolina)
Gary Wright (FamilySearch)
Jason Zalinger (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Hong Zhang (University of Illinois)
Judith Zissman (independent)


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