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Distinguished Speaker Series 2010-2011

Cathy Marshall

Cathy Marshall

Principal Researcher
Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley



The Sustainability of our Everyday Digital Belongings

February 4, 2011

Refreshments and Networking: 1:30 - 2:00
Presentation: 2:00 - 3:30

Faculty Host: Prof. David Redmiles


RSVP: Email RSVP required to Joanna Kerner by Monday January 31.

Location: Donald Bren Hall (building #314), room 6011

Cost: No cost to attend.

Directions and parking information
are available.


Abstract: Everyday digital artifacts—email, IMs, blogs, photos, financial records, tweets, videos, and the like—are essential to peoples' intellectual, emotional, and social lives; they also form an important part of the historical record. Yet maintaining these ad hoc digital collections is proving difficult for a number of reasons. Why is it so challenging for us to maintain our digital legacy, and what should we do about it? I’ll sort out empirical evidence from a number of studies that illustrates the challenges of personal digital archiving—challenges that arise from the nature of digital material, from existing practices, from the rise of social media and the complexities of ownership--and explore the implications of these challenges for personal information management technologies.


About the Speaker: Cathy Marshall is a Principal Researcher in MSR's Silicon Valley Lab. She is currently working on Community Information Management applications and issues associated with personal digital archiving.

Cathy's research falls under the rubric of personal information management and lies in the disciplinary interstices of computer science, information science, and the humanities. Her interests include digital archiving and long-term retrieval; how people use and share encountered information; how people read, annotate, navigate through, and interact with ebooks and other digital material; and spatial hypertext. She holds provocative views on topics like the Semantic Web and social tagging.