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Take part in the Digital Lives Research Project

Digital Lives: Helping People to Capture and Secure their Individual Memories, their Personal Creativity, their Shared Historic Moments

Increasingly, our family memories, our personal achievements, our experiences of historical events, are being facilitated and recorded digitally.

Digital Lives is a pathfinding research project that is setting out to understand how individuals retain and manage their personal collections of computerised information – everything from digital photographs and videos to favourite podcasts and sentimental email messages – and how these digital collections can best be captured in the first place and preserved in the long term, perhaps for family history, biographical or other purposes.

The project is led by Dr Jeremy Leighton John and colleagues at the British Library who, together with experts from UCL and Bristol University, are researching the challenges that lie ahead as more and more of our memories and documentary witnesses exist in electronic form. 

The project team would like to invite members to take part in their research by completing an online survey. This should take no more than ten minutes of your time and will provide them with crucial information that will benefit the work of the British Library and other archives enormously as they plan for what is fast becoming a largely digital world.

If you would like to take part in the survey, please click here:

If you would like to enter the Prize Draw and stand a chance of winning £200 in British Library gift vouchers (drawn at random and with no further obligation) you can register your interest at the end of the survey.

Please note that all responses are strictly confidential.  No individuals will be named when we report our findings, and the information collected will only be presented in an aggregated form.  You will not be contacted again as a result of completing this survey.

If you have any questions, or are concerned about the bona fides of this survey, please email Dr Ian Rowlands at University College London (School of Library, Archive & Information Studies) by clicking here:

Digital Lives is funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council: Grant number BLRC 8669.


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