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Personal Digital Archiving
Information Today - Medford
Subjects: United States; Software & systems
Author: Hawkins, Donald T
Date: Jul/Aug 2014
Start Page: 16
Pages: 2
Section: report from the field
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On April 10-April 11, the 2014 Personal Digital Archiving (PDA) conference was held at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis. The theme of PDA 2014 was Building Stronger Personal Digital Archiving Communities, and the event attracted about 65 attendees. In this fifth PDA conference, the heavy emphasis on technology was noticeably reduced, and more time was spent discussing the broadening of PDA to societal audiences. Andrea Copeland, from the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, began her keynote address, "The Social Life of Personal Information," by asserting that although truly personal information exists, it is not divorced from its social context. Michael Ashenfelder, from the Digital Preservation Division at the library of Congress (LC), described some of the lessons learned from LC's extensive outreach efforts. The conference included discussions of technology. One presentation on wearable computers emphasized that the key to preservation is control over the underlying data, while others discussed software for managing collections of photos.

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