Personal Photo Preservation for the Smartphone Generation

Maria K. Wolters, Elaine Niven, Mari Runardotter, Francesco Gallo, Heiko Maus, Robert H. Logie

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Preserving photos for future generations is difficult in the digital age, as both storage media and storage formats become obsolete within decades. In order to inform the design of a photo preservation service, we are currently collecting information about relevant practices in a large survey. In this paper, we report intermediate results from a sample of 236 European students aged between 18 and 34. 76% of our participants are keen to preserve their photos for future generations, but far fewer report photo management practices that support preservation. We discuss implications for design and outline three groups of users that can be distilled into personas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3146-3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • digital heirlooms, digital photos, personas, preservation, smartphones


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