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Personal Digital Archives and the Death Transition<br />Evan Carroll<br />The Digital Beyond<br />
About Me<br />Author of Your Digital Afterlife<br />Author and editor at TheDigitalBeyond.com<br />UX Designer by trade<br />
Identity Preservation<br />Objects are passed to heirs as an act of identity preservation.<br />Objects are often imbued w...
Shift to Digital<br />
Issues<br />Awareness<br />Access<br />Ownership<br />Preservation<br />And countless others<br />
Meaning<br />How can we imbue digital objects with meaning? <br />How can we design personal archives so that a lifetime o...
Value<br />Value is relative, changing from person to person and time to time.<br />Value is extracted from more than just...
How Do We…<br />Ease the transition from the creator to new curators?<br />Honor and respect the wishes of the deceased?<b...
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...
Thanks<br />Evan Carroll<br />evan@thedigitalbeyond.com<br />@evancarroll<br />
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The Lost Curator

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The Lost Curator: Personal Digital Archives and the Death Transition presented at Personal Digital Archiving 2011 February 24, 2011.

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The Lost Curator

  1. 1. Personal Digital Archives and the Death Transition<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 />UX Designer by trade<br />
  3. 3. 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 />
  4. 4. Shift to Digital<br />
  5. 5. Issues<br />Awareness<br />Access<br />Ownership<br />Preservation<br />And countless others<br />
  6. 6. Meaning<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 />
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  8. 8. Value<br />Value is relative, changing from person to person and time to time.<br />Value is extracted from more than just the content. Sometimes you need the story behind the object to appreciate it.<br />
  9. 9. 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 />
  10. 10. Design Principles<br />Ensure awareness and access<br />Wishes of the deceased<br />Communicate personal value<br />Tackle quantity<br />Provide communal experience.<br />
  11. 11. 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 />
  12. 12. 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 />
  13. 13. 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 />
  14. 14. Tackle Quantity<br />Will caretakers of personal archives be overwhelmed by quantity?<br />One important object is often as valuable 10,000 objects.<br />
  15. 15. 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 />
  16. 16. Thanks<br />Evan Carroll<br />evan@thedigitalbeyond.com<br />@evancarroll<br />

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