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Personal Digital Archiving Conference

by Heather Ryan on February 18th, 02011

If you plan to be in San Francisco next week, there is still time to register for the Personal Digital Archiving Conference. The conference is being held at the Internet Archive on February 24 & 25, 2011. The event blurb says it all:

From family photographs and personal papers to health and financial information, vital personal records are becoming digital. Creation and capture of new digital information has become a part of the daily routine for hundreds of millions of people. But what are the long-term prospects for this data? The combination of new capture devices (more than 1 billion camera phones will be sold in 2010) with the move from older forms of media is reshaping both our personal and collective memories. The size and complexity of personal collections growing, these collections are spread across different media (including film and paper!), and the lines between personal and professional, published and unpublished are being redrawn.

For individuals, institutions, investors, entrepreneurs, and funding agencies thinking about how best to address these issues, Personal Digital Archiving 2011 will include a variety of examples that may be replicated, and will clarify the technical, social, economic questions around personal archiving.

Long Now’s Laura Welcher will be presenting “An Archive Model with Long Term Benefits” Thursday evening.

Check out the full, provisional schedule HERE. As you will see from this line-up, this is a wonderful opportunity to see and talk to the leading researchers in this area.

You can register HERE. [Deadline: February 24]

Travel and location  information is on the conference website.