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Ett förlorat kulturarv?: Digitala personarkiv – problem, lösningar och framtid
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
A Lost Cultural Heritage? : Digital Personal Archives – Problems, Solutions and Future (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis has focused on digital born personal archives; how they are different from analog paper archives and possible ways to overbridge these differences. It is also studied how archivists and librarians are dealing with digital archives, what they think about new proactive solutions when collecting private papers and collections and positive and negative effects with this way to work. The thesis is delimitated to only private collections and digital created material. It do not concern digitized material or electronic documents in government or business organizations.

The challenges in digital curation and administration are discussed in aspect of the Records Continuum Model. The empirical material is also put in relation to research in Personal Information Management and identity theory. Two qualitative methods have been used, a case study of an authors personal electronic archive and five deep-going interviews with archivists and librarians working with personal collections in university libraries. This study shows that many difficulties and problems displayed in the electronic archive could be solved in the future with a more proactive approach and early cooperation with the collector. By educating and informing creators of personal records about file formats, archival structure and the need of them to engage in their own collection, more personal digital records could be preserved. Librarians and archivists are imagining more proactive work in the future but are also asking for other solutions. A lot of the challenges united with electronic personal archives are associated with lacking continuity which is a reason to use the Records Continuum Model to explain and work with personal digital collections. This is a two year master’s thesis in archival science.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 79 p.
Uppsatser inom arkivvetenskap, ISSN 1651-6087 ; 115
Keyword [en]
Personal archives, Records – Management – Computer programs, Archival processing, Personal information management
Keyword [sv]
personarkiv, arkivteknik, arkivorganisation, dokumenthantering, arkivering
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-175831Local ID: 115OAI: diva2:533206
Subject / course
Archival Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-06-14 Created: 2012-06-13 Last updated: 2012-12-04Bibliographically approved

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