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Re-discovery of forgotten images in domestic photo collections

Frohlich, David, Wall, S and Kiddle, G (2013) Re-discovery of forgotten images in domestic photo collections Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 17 (4). pp. 729-740.

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The exponential growth of digital photo collections, combined with the legacy of printed photographs, is leading families to experience difficulties in remembering and finding photographs. Paradoxically this creates new opportunities for the re-discovery of forgotten images. This paper reports a new study in this area, based on interviews and creative activities with ten families in the south east of England. The study found that many triggers for photo re-use were either speculative or accidental, and led people to reinterpret the meaning of photographs in the light of subsequent experience and social discussion. This suggests a need to support serendipitous browsing of photographs and a more fluid and provisional approach to the semantic tagging of personal media.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Music and Media
Authors :
Wall, S
Kiddle, G
Date : 1 April 2013
DOI : 10.1007/s00779-012-0612-4
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an electronic version of an article published as Frohlich DM, Wall S, Kiddle G (2013). Re-discovery of forgotten images in domestic photo collections. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 17(4):729-740. The final publication is available at
Uncontrolled Keywords : Digital photography, photo collection, memory, remembering, retrieval, browsing
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 02 Aug 2013 11:59
Last Modified : 05 Mar 2019 19:18

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