Since the first public website was published 25 years ago, there has been an explosion of digital content – from supercomputers exploring the universe, to Facebook posts with friends. In a world where so much of our lives is captured online, how do we make sense of all that information and make sure it isn't lost to future generations?
Born Digital 2016 explored the questions around collecting and preserving digital content through a series of fascinating online interviews with expert speakers. Join us for discussion and debate as we examine the technical, social and philosophical questions of our digital lives.
Science and space with Dr Alan Duffy
Astronomy in the 21st century produces vast quantities of complex data – the equivalent of the entire internet is generated each day. What do we do with this volume of data and how do we make sense of it? As we continue to explore the universe and reach further in the unknown, what are the challenges and opportunities ahead?
Indigenous voices with Dr Rachael Ka'ai-Mahuta
Digital technology allows marginal communities to have a voice, challenging the dominance of imperialist power structures. What role can digital technology play in the preservation of Indigenous cultures in a postcolonial world?
Truth and history with John Birmingham
The rise of citizen journalist offers alternative views to officially recorded history in every tweet, blog and post. Why is it so important for libraries to preserve Facebook, Twitter and other online conversations? How would our world today be understood 100 years from now if these millions of diverse voices from around the world were lost?
Digital lifestyles with Dr Rebecca Huntley
We create digital content in every aspect of our lives. Where once our precious documents were letters, diaries and photo albums, today they may be emails, blogs and Instagram accounts. How would we feel if we lost those electronic records, and what impact would that have on our personal and collective history?
Play, with Hex and Bajo
Computer games have been part of our social and leisure lives for more than 40 years. Over that time they have evolved in complexity and become one of the largest entertainment mediums of the 21st century. What games do we play today and what do they say about us? How can we preserve these games and our social interactions with them, and why is this important?
National, State and Territory libraries across Australia and New Zealand have been collecting and preserving born digital content since the early nineties. Between them these libraries already hold nearly 5 petabytes of digital content. This equates to nearly 4 billion discs at 1.44Mb each.
State Library of Queensland has been keeping pace collecting and preserving digital content so that these collections are accessible to future generations.
Resources for digital collecting and preservation
- Personal Digital Archive Toolkit
- Caring for your digital collections (includes a short video Preserving your Digital Treasures)
- Caring for your digital photos
- What SLQ collects
- Donating collection items to the State Library
- State Library's Digital Preservation Policy