Information Access Seminar

Stewardship in the Digital Age: The Scope of the Challenge: Personal Digital Archiving

Friday, January 20, 2023
3:10 pm to 5:00 pm PST

Clifford Lynch

During the Spring 2023 semester of the Information Access Seminar, I’ll continue the series of talks exploring the issues of stewardship in the digital age that I started in Fall 2022. For the benefit of those new to the semester, I’ll briefly summarize the framing of this series of talks and the topics covered in Fall 2022, and then provide a roadmap for at least the next few talks that I’ll give in Spring 2023.

Following this I’ll move into an in-depth consideration of personal digital archiving, and consider how this relates to historical and future stewardship practices. We’ll examine the scope of what might constitute a personal digital archive, and how this relates to prior discussions of stewardship of social media and the web. Of particular interest is the question of when, why and how material moves from the personal (or perhaps familial) setting to the broader cultural setting.

This seminar will be held both online & in person. You are welcome to join us either in South Hall or via Zoom.

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Clifford Lynch is the director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and an adjunct professor at the School of Information. Prior to joining CNI in 1997, Lynch spent eighteen years at the University of California Office of the President, the last ten as director of Library Automation. Lynch is a past president of ASIS&T and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.

Clifford Lynch
Clifford Lynch (photo courtesy University of Texas Libraries)


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January 17, 2023