Family memories in the home: contrasting physical and digital mementos

PETRELLI, Daniela and WHITTAKER, Steve (2010). Family memories in the home: contrasting physical and digital mementos. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 14 (2), p. 153.

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    We carried out fieldwork to characterise and compare physical and digital mementos in the home. Physical mementos are highly valued, heterogeneous and support different types of recollection. Contrary to expectations, we found physical mementos are not purely representational, and can involve appropriating common objects and more idiosyncratic forms. In contrast, digital mementos were initially perceived as less valuable, although participants later reconsidered this. Digital mementos were somewhat limited in function and expression, largely involving representational photos and videos, and infrequently accessed. We explain these digital limitations and conclude with design guidelines for digital mementos, including better techniques for accessing and integrating these into everyday life, allowing them to acquire the symbolic associations and lasting value that characterise their physical counterparts.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
    Identification Number: 10.1007/s00779-009-0279-7
    Depositing User: Daniela Petrelli
    Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2011 17:10
    Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 17:10

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