The Right to Digital Memories

Erik Borglund and Göran Samuelsson


This poster will present an ongoing project carrying out a pilot study in which we are working with memories from new immigrants. The project aims to investigate the challenges there is to capture, and preserve memories of people that seldom be heard. We are aiming to investigate if it is possible to capture generic memories or if individuals can be representative voices. In the project we will discuss and analyze whether community archive can be an applicable approach for the memories. However the concept community is not easy applied upon a heterogeneous group as immigrants. Current a interview study together with a literature review is taking place. The interview is performed with help from interpreters. During AERI we will present some preliminary results of the project. In the project a workshop with various participants will be held to further discuss and problematize the need for capturing memories from people that can be seen as marginalized. Today we argue that memories that can be kept as evidential records are important, as the truth can be questioned.


Erik Borglund, PhD in computer and system science, is an Associate professor at the department of information systems and technology at Mid Sweden University. Erik are involved in teaching on undergraduate and on graduate level in archival science and in information systems. His research interests cover the domains of digital recordkeeping, recordkeeping informatics, information systems in crisis management, information systems design and Computer Supported Cooperative Work. The primary research focus is recordkeeping and information management during time critical work (read large crisis). Erik Borglund was a sworn police officers for 20 years, before turning academic full-time.

Göran Samuelsson, PhD, is Senior Lecture in Archives and Information Science at Mid Sweden University and project leader at CEDIF, (the Centre for Digital Information Management). Earlier he worked as an archive strategist and coordinator at the National Land Survey of Sweden dealing with organizational and strategic questions. His research focus includes Information architecture, storage and long-term preservation of records in the digital environment; recordkeeping systems dealing with geospatial information; and education and professional development for the archives and records management community. He is a board member of the Swedish Association for records and information management – Member of the Swedish standards institute and the workgroup for Quality Management systems for records, the Swedish representative for European Spatial Data Research (EuroSDR) a member of the Data Archiving Working Group. Finally, he is also a Certified Business Architect.