Personal Archiving

Registration Open for PDA 2012

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Personal Digital Archiving 2012
February 23-24, 2012

The Internet Archive
300 Funston Ave
San Francisco, CA

The Personal Digital Archiving 2012 Conference is now open for participation. We welcome proposals for session topics and speakers, as well as volunteers to help us organize and serve on site.

Relevant themes include but are not limited to family photographs and home movies; personal health and financial data; interface design for archives; scrap booking; social network data; institutional practices; genealogy; email, blogs and other correspondence; and funding models.

Conference sessions will be selected by an international peer review panel that includes:

• Ben Gross, Linde Group
• Brewster Kahle, The Internet Archive
• Cal Lee, University of North Carolina
• Cathy Marshall, Microsoft Research
• Clifford Lynch, Coalition for Networked Information
• Elizabeth Churchill, Yahoo! Research
• Jeff Ubois, The Bassetti Foundation
• Jeremy Leighton John, The British Library
• Judith Zissman, Consultant
• Lori Kendall, University of Illinois
• Peter Brantley, Internet Archive
• Stan James, independent consultant
• Steve Griffin, Library of Congress

Standard conference panels will be one hour, and presentations will be 15-20 minutes in length. To submit a proposal for a panel, presentation, or poster, please register online.

Please include an abstract of what you plan to discuss, and a brief biography suitable for posting on the conference web site.

The conference will also hold a series of 5 minute lighting talks on Friday afternoon. These will be organized on a first-come, first served basis during the conference.

Deadline for abstracts: 30 November, 2011.
Notification of acceptance: 30 December, 2011.

Late submissions will be considered on an individual basis.

Topics for discussion

From family photographs and personal papers to health and financial information, vital personal records are becoming digital. Creation and capture of digital information has become a part of the daily routine for hundreds of millions of people, and there is a growing number of commercial services, such as Facebook’s Timeline, aimed at individuals who want to preserve a record of their life.

The combination of new capture devices (more than 1 billion camera phones will be sold in 2012) and new types of media are reshaping both our personal and collective memories. Personal collections are growing in size and complexity. As these collections spread across different media (including film and paper!), we are redrawing the lines between personal and professional data, and between published and unpublished information.

But what are the long-term prospects for this data? Which institutions, technologies, standards, funding models, and services are most credible?

For individuals, institutions, investors, entrepreneurs, and funding agencies thinking about how best to address these issues, Personal Digital Archiving 2012 will clarify the technical, social, economic questions around personal archiving. Presentations will include contemporary solutions to archiving problems that attendees may replicate for their own collections, and address questions such as:

• What new social norms around preservation, access, and disclosure are emerging?
• Do libraries, museums, and archives have a new responsibility to collect digital personal materials?
• How can we effectively preserve social network data? Can we better anticipate (and measure) losses of personal material?
• What is the relationship of personal health information to personal archives?
• How can we cope with the intersection between personal data and collective or social data that is personal?
• How can we manage the shift from simple text-based data to rich media such as movies in personal collections?
• What tools and services are needed to better enable self-archiving? What models for user interfaces are most appropriate?
• What are viable existing economic models that can support personal archives? What new economic models should we evaluate?
• What are the long-term rights management issues? Are there unrecognized stakeholders we should begin to account for now?
• What are the projects we can commit to in the coming year?

Whether the answers to these questions are framed in terms of personal archiving, personal digital heritage, preserving digital lives, scrapbooking, or managing intellectual estates, they present major challenges for both individuals and institutions: data loss is a nearly universal experience, whether it is due to hardware failure, obsolescence, user error, lack of institutional support, or any one of many other reasons. Some of these losses may not matter; but the early work of the Nobel prize winners of the 2030s is likely to be digital today, and therefore at risk in ways that previous scientific and literary creations were not. And it isn’t just Nobel winners that matter: the lives of all of us will be preserved in ways not previously possible.

Background, registration, and fees

For those who register before December 25, the conference fee is $125 for attendees from non-commercial institutions; $195 for attendees from other organizations; students may register early for $100. Scholarships are also available.

Videos and detailed notes about the 2010 and 2011 conference sessions are available on this site and at the Internet Archive.


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