Born Digital 2016

Born Digital 2016: Collecting for the future

Since the first public website was published 25 years ago, there has been an explosion of digital content – from supercomputers exploring the universe to Facebook posts with friends. In a world where so much of our lives is captured online, how do we make sense of all that information and make sure it isn’t lost to future generations?

Born Digital 2016 was a week-long social media campaign exploring the questions around collecting and preserving digital content through a series of video interviews with experts examining the technical, social and philosophical questions of our digital lives.


Science and space with Dr Alan Duffy

Astronomer and science expert at the Centre for Astrophysics and Computing at Swinburne University Dr Alan Duffy on the risk of a ‘digital dark age’ if scientific data is not preserved for future generations to explore.

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Indigenous voices with Dr Rachael Ka’ai-Mahuta

Dr Rachael Ka’ai-Mahuta, Senior Lecturer and Associate Director at Te Whare o Rongomaurikura – The International Centre for Language Revitalisation,  Auckland University of Technology, discusses why digital preservation is imperative to ensure that the knowledge and information that is shared digitally by indigenous communities be collected, preserved and made accessible to future generations.

Truth and history with John Birmingham

Author and journalist John Birmingham discusses the rise of digital citizen journalism via blogs and social media, and why these need to be preserved alongside ‘official’ accounts of significant events in our history.

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Digital lifestyles with Dr Rebecca Huntley

Social researcher and writer Dr Rebecca Huntley discusses the need to be aware of the digital content we create every day, so that we can make conscious decisions about what to preserve for future generations.

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Play with Bajo and Hex

Bajo and Hex, Australia’s leading game critics, discuss the evolution of video games and why they should be preserved for the future.

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