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Joanne Garde-Hansen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748640348

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640348.001.0001

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Digital Memories: The Democratisation of Archives

Digital Memories: The Democratisation of Archives

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Media and Memory

Joanne Garde-Hansen

Edinburgh University Press

Keeping the past is no longer an expensive business. Digital media technologies provide cheap data storage, ease in terms of the searching and retrieval of data with digital and mobile networks allowing for unprecedented global accessibility and participation in the creation of memories. This chapter will integrate theories of memory and archives with theories of digital media, digital history-making and digital access/participation. The Internet is distributing memories into personal, corporate and institutional archives. As more media digitally converge (television, mobile phones, video and photography) there are increased opportunities for museums, broadcasters, public institutions, private companies, media corporations and ordinary citizens to engage in archive fever.

Keywords:   Archives, digital media, Internet, technology, storage, participation

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