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Visualisation of hard drive content to support archival processes for personal digital archives

Bartliff, Z., Kim, Y. and Baxter, G. (2020) Visualisation of hard drive content to support archival processes for personal digital archives. In: 83rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T 2020), 22 Oct - 01 Nov 2020. (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

This research explores visualisation of data for working with personal digital archives (PDA). Large scale PDAs, comprising content from several personal hard disk drive images, are not receptive to ‘open the box and take a look’ approaches to appraisal traditionally adopted by analogue archives. By employing a Sunburst visualisation to represent file directory structures, this paper demonstrates that it is possible to gain an ‘at a glance’ comprehension of content organisation and date distribution, whilst concurrently allowing for the dynamic and interactive exploration of information such as usage patterns, content metadata and original order relevant to archival appraisal processes.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Central Services > Academic and Governance Services > University Museums and Special Collections
ID Code:92609
Uncontrolled Keywords:Selection, appraisal, digital, archives, visualisation

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