Museum of the self and Digital Death: An emerging Curatorial Dilemma for Digital Heritage

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Authors

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  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • University of London

Details

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHeritage and Social Media
Subtitle of host publicationUnderstanding Heritage in a Participatory Culture
EditorsElisa Giaccardi
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter3
Pages56-68
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780203112984
ISBN (Print)9780415616676, 9780415616621
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes
Publication type

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Abstract

This chapter is primarily concerned with exploring the connection between digital
legacy of data that people currently leave behind and how this data can begin to
form a part of our collective Digital Heritage. By reviewing current practices
around online data storage in relation to memory and death, the chapter considers
the value of ‘digital memory objects’ for the growing field of Digital Heritage. It
also discusses the significance and implications of designing new contexts and
systems for the future management of personal legacy data. By using the
transformative properties of the ‘digital memory object’ itself, the chapter
presents various strategies concerning how this data could be both (re)used and
(re)evaluated, making it a useful asset in our contemporary collective; for both
history and heritage.