Sunday, January 27, 2008
Why do you need personal digital archives?: Ubiquitous archiving
Digital information technology does not change merely the form of records; it changes the ways that people communicate and express themselves as well. Individuals have more opportunities to actively speak for themselves through ubiquitous digital information technology. Digital technology also lets them work in a more complex networked environment than ever before, and over time they accumulate a large amount of personal digital material. These personal digital materials comprise the evidence of the active interaction between individuals and society. As fragments of memory documenting the lives of individuals, families and society, these materials have immense historical research value and need to be preserved for future generations.