Preserving Personal Legacy in the Digital Age<br />Evan Carroll<br />The Digital Beyond<br />
About Me<br />Author of Your Digital Afterlife<br />Author and editor at TheDigitalBeyond.com<br />User Experience Designe...
Legacy<br />
Legacy<br />Noun<br />an amount of money or property left to someone in a will.<br />a thing handed down by a predecessor ...
What is Personal Legacy?<br />
© Brittney Brown. Used By Permission.<br />
Courtesy of John Romano<br />
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thaddeusstewart/4347534278/<br />
Personal Identity<br />
Erving Goffman1959<br />
Identity Preservation<br />Objects are passed to heirs as an act of identity preservation.<br />Objects are often imbued w...
Personal Collections<br />
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc/2662243843<br />
© Brittney Brown. Used By Permission.<br />
Shift to Digital<br />
Justin Ellsworth2004<br />
Leslie Harpold2006<br />
Issues<br />Awareness<br />Access<br />Ownership<br />Preservation<br />And countless others<br />
Today<br />
Digital Estate Planning<br />A repository of accounts and credentials that’s inaccessible by heirs until the account owner...
Digital Estate Planning<br />Legacy Locker<br />Entrustet<br />DataInherit<br />www.thedigitalbeyond.com/online-services-l...
Site Policy<br />Grant access to heirs<br />Provide content (but not access) to heirs<br />Delete accounts<br />Memorializ...
Statutes<br />Email: ConnecticutRhode Island<br />Email and Online Accounts: OklahomaIdaho<br />
Going Forward<br />
Awareness Is Low<br />Only 30% of Americans have a will<br />Digital estate planning companies report low signups<br />It’...
As Archivists…<br />How can we imbue digital objects with meaning? <br />How can we design personal archives so that a lif...
How Do We…<br />Ease the transition from the creator to new curators?<br />Honor and respect the wishes of the deceased?<b...
Design + Education<br />
Design Principles<br />Ensure awareness and access<br />Wishes of the deceased<br />Communicate personal value<br />Tackle...
Awareness and Access<br />It’s not always easy to find digital objects.<br />Heirs are necessarily sophisticated technolog...
Wishes<br />How can we record and enforce the wishes of the deceased?<br />Family members and other “trusted” caretakers o...
Communicate Value<br />Why did the creator believe this object was important?<br />We already have some metadata, but how ...
Tackle Quantity<br />Will caretakers of personal archives be overwhelmed by quantity?<br />One important object is often a...
Communal Experience<br />Digital objects move us away from experiencing them together in person.<br />Can we attach commen...
Education<br />Organization<br />File formats<br />Storage media<br />Curation<br />Metadata<br />
Parting Thoughts<br />
JéromeBon. Used By Permission.<br />
Thanks<br />Evan Carroll<br />evan@thedigitalbeyond.com<br />@evancarroll<br />
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  1. 1. Preserving Personal Legacy in the Digital Age<br />Evan Carroll<br />The Digital Beyond<br />
  2. 2. About Me<br />Author of Your Digital Afterlife<br />Author and editor at TheDigitalBeyond.com<br />User Experience Designer by trade<br />BS and MS (2012) in Information Science at UNC-Chapel Hill<br />
  3. 3. Legacy<br />
  4. 4. Legacy<br />Noun<br />an amount of money or property left to someone in a will.<br />a thing handed down by a predecessor : the legacy of centuries of neglect.<br />Adjective <br />Computing: denoting software or hardware that has been superseded but is difficult to replace because of its wide use.<br />
  5. 5. What is Personal Legacy?<br />
  6. 6. © Brittney Brown. Used By Permission.<br />
  7. 7. Courtesy of John Romano<br />
  8. 8. http://www.flickr.com/photos/thaddeusstewart/4347534278/<br />
  9. 9. Personal Identity<br />
  10. 10. Erving Goffman1959<br />
  11. 11. Identity Preservation<br />Objects are passed to heirs as an act of identity preservation.<br />Objects are often imbued with meaning.<br />The story<br />Why it’s important<br />Unruh (1983) Price, Arnould, & Curasi (2000)<br />
  12. 12. Personal Collections<br />
  13. 13.
  14. 14. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mr_t_in_dc/2662243843<br />
  15. 15. © Brittney Brown. Used By Permission.<br />
  16. 16.
  17. 17.
  18. 18. Shift to Digital<br />
  19. 19. Justin Ellsworth2004<br />
  20. 20.
  21. 21.
  22. 22. Leslie Harpold2006<br />
  23. 23. Issues<br />Awareness<br />Access<br />Ownership<br />Preservation<br />And countless others<br />
  24. 24. Today<br />
  25. 25. Digital Estate Planning<br />A repository of accounts and credentials that’s inaccessible by heirs until the account owner passes away.<br />Verified by death certificate, secure codes or by trusted notifiers.<br />Solves the issues of access and ownership.<br />
  26. 26. Digital Estate Planning<br />Legacy Locker<br />Entrustet<br />DataInherit<br />www.thedigitalbeyond.com/online-services-list/<br />
  27. 27. Site Policy<br />Grant access to heirs<br />Provide content (but not access) to heirs<br />Delete accounts<br />Memorialize accounts<br />
  28. 28.
  29. 29.
  30. 30. Statutes<br />Email: ConnecticutRhode Island<br />Email and Online Accounts: OklahomaIdaho<br />
  31. 31.
  32. 32. Going Forward<br />
  33. 33. Awareness Is Low<br />Only 30% of Americans have a will<br />Digital estate planning companies report low signups<br />It’s like backing up, few actually do it<br />Benign neglect<br />
  34. 34. As Archivists…<br />How can we imbue digital objects with meaning? <br />How can we design personal archives so that a lifetime of digital content can be accessible and meaningful to future generations?<br />
  35. 35. How Do We…<br />Ease the transition from the creator to new curators?<br />Honor and respect the wishes of the deceased?<br />Maintain the personal value of the collection?<br />
  36. 36. Design + Education<br />
  37. 37. Design Principles<br />Ensure awareness and access<br />Wishes of the deceased<br />Communicate personal value<br />Tackle quantity<br />Provide communal experience.<br />
  38. 38. Awareness and Access<br />It’s not always easy to find digital objects.<br />Heirs are necessarily sophisticated technology users.<br />PDA systems should provide a means of awareness and access.<br />
  39. 39. Wishes<br />How can we record and enforce the wishes of the deceased?<br />Family members and other “trusted” caretakers often have other ideas.<br />
  40. 40. Communicate Value<br />Why did the creator believe this object was important?<br />We already have some metadata, but how can we passively capture meaning?<br />
  41. 41. Tackle Quantity<br />Will caretakers of personal archives be overwhelmed by quantity?<br />One important object is often as valuable 10,000 objects.<br />
  42. 42. Communal Experience<br />Digital objects move us away from experiencing them together in person.<br />Can we attach comments and other conversations to our digital objects?<br />
  43. 43. Education<br />Organization<br />File formats<br />Storage media<br />Curation<br />Metadata<br />
  44. 44. Parting Thoughts<br />
  45. 45. JéromeBon. Used By Permission.<br />
  46. 46. Thanks<br />Evan Carroll<br />evan@thedigitalbeyond.com<br />@evancarroll<br />

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