This short talk explores the changing relationship between users and cultural heritage institutions in light of emerging technologies, the growing inclusion of user-generated content in institutional archives, and some of the preservation challenges that arise as a result. While dynamic new tools are developing to address the technical aspects of preservation, cultural heritage institutions will need to redefine their collection policies to keep up with the pace of user-generated content, as well as develop new frameworks for digital cultural objects in a world where everyone is already a curator.
Citation: Powers, M. (2015, April). Crowdsourcing Culture: Instagram as Curation, Participation, and Documentation. Presented at the Personal Digital Archiving Conference hosted by New York University, New York, NY.