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Thursday, March 30 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Session 12: PDA: Retrospect and Prospect (Panel)

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Over the past decade, broad public understanding of an appreciation for personal digital archiving has increased in surprising ways. Facebook’s Timeline is in use by nearly 2 billion monthly users, Prince’s digital archive recently went on the market for $35 million, billions of smart phones have been put into to use to record daily experience, and concern about the future of personal digital belongings has become a staple of mainstream news reporting.

This discussion between early observers and practitioners of personal digital archiving will look back on the last decade, and forward to the next, covering changing social norms about what is saved, why, who can view it, and how; legal structures, intellectual property rights, and digital executorships; institutional practices, particularly in library and academic settings, but also in the form of new services to the public; market offerings from both established and emerging companies; and technological developments that will allow (or limit) the practice of personal archiving.


Cathy Marshall

Adjunct Professor, Center for the Study of Digital Libraries, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Texas A&M University


Howard Besser

Professor of Cinema Studies and Associate Director of New York University's Moving Image Archiving & Preservation Program(MIAP, NYU
Howard Besser is Professor of Cinema Studies and Associate Director of New York University's Moving Image Archiving & Preservation Program(MIAP), as well as Senior Scientist for Digital Library Initiatives for NYU's Library. In addition to teaching MIAP courses, he teaches regular Cinema Studies courses on New Media, Installation Art, and the Future of Cinema and Free Culture & Open Access. His research projects at NYU have involved preserving... Read More →
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Clifford Lynch

Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
Clifford Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since 1997. Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley’s School of Information. He is both a past president and recipient of the Award of Merit... Read More →

jeff ubois

Jeff Ubois serves on the board of the Kahle/Austin Foundation, a San Francisco-based philanthropic organization devoted to digital preservation. Prior to this, Jeff was a consultant to archives, museums, broadcasters, and commercial organizations in the U.S. and E.U. engaged in mass digitization and technical innovation, and an early convener of the Personal Digital Archiving conference.

Thursday March 30, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Bishop Auditorium Lathrop Library, Stanford University 518 Memorial Way Stanford, CA 94305