Archival Shadows in the Digital Age

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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.
Translated title of the contributionArkivalske skygger i den digitale tid
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordisk Tidsskrift for Informationsvidenskab og Kulturformidling
Issue number2-3
Pages (from-to)29-39
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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