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Digital collections and digital collection practices

Watkins, Rebecca, Sellen, Abigail and Lindley, Sian E. 2015. Digital collections and digital collection practices. Presented at: SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 18 - 23 April, 2015. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: ACM, pp. 3423-3432. 10.1145/2702123.2702380

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Reference is increasingly made to ‘digital collections’, yet this term encompasses accumulated digital objects of varying form, purpose and value. We review social science literature on mate-rial collections and draw from in-depth interviews with 20 peo-ple in the UK in order to offer a clearer understanding of what constitutes a digital collection and what does not. We develop a taxonomy that presents three distinct types of digital collection and demonstrate ways in which the affordances of digital envi-ronments may facilitate or impede meaningful practices of ac-quisition, curation and exhibition in each case. Through doing so, we present a framework for design in support of collecting prac-tices and the development of more meaningful and valued digital collections.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Publisher: ACM
ISBN: 978-1-4503-3145-6
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2017 07:13

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