Archival Shadows in the Digital Age

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Abstract

Through the notion data shadow this article examines the ways in which commercial digitization affects memory cultures. The article argues that commercial digital cultural memory archives such as Google Books consists of two memory levels: a "front-end" level, where the user is given access to historical works, and a "back-end" level, where the user’s own past is saved as a data shadow, but where the access to this shadow is given only to Google. Cultural memory institutions that have hitherto primarily been concerned with giving full access to the past through Google Books, should therefore in the digital commercialized age also consider the implications their cooperation has for users' privacy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordisk Tidsskrift for Informationsvidenskab og Kulturformidling
Volume3
Issue number2-3
Pages (from-to)29-39
Number of pages11
ISSN2245-2931
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Archival Shadows in the Digital Age. / Thylstrup, Nanna Bonde.

In: Nordisk Tidsskrift for Informationsvidenskab og Kulturformidling, Vol. 3, No. 2-3, 2014, p. 29-39.

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