Sarah C. Williams
Life Sciences Data Services Librarian
Mar 30, 2012
As part of the Illinois Research Data Initiative, Jeff Ubois, founder and chair of the Personal Digital Archiving conferences, will speak on April 12 at 4pm in Room 126 Library and Information Science Building.
Ensuring long term access to personal digital archives — the sum of an individual’s digital information and creative works — is an unsolved problem, but the need, and variety of proposed solutions, is growing daily. The early work of the Nobel prize winners of the 2030s and 2040s is likely to be born digital, and is therefore at risk in ways that previous scientific and literary creations were not. Over the last three years, discussions at the Personal Digital Archiving conferences held at the Internet Archive, have helped to develop the beginnings of a research agenda that includes questions such as:
• Do libraries, museums, and archives have a new responsibility to collect digital personal materials?
• What new social norms around preservation, access, and disclosure are emerging?
• What are the special needs in academia?
• What tools and services are needed to better enable self-archiving?
• What are viable existing economic models that can support personal archives? What new economic models should we evaluate?
This discussion will summarize some of the suggestions and ideas discussed over the last three years, and some possibilities for future work.