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Easy on that trigger dad: a study of long term family photo retrieval

Whittaker, S., Bergman, O. and Clough, P. (2010) Easy on that trigger dad: a study of long term family photo retrieval. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 14 (1). pp. 31-43. ISSN 1617-4909

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We examine the effects of new technologies for digital photography on people's longer term storage and access to collections of personal photos. We report an empirical study of parents' ability to retrieve photos related to salient family events from more than a year ago. Performance was relatively poor with people failing to find almost 40% of pictures. We analyze participants' organizational and access strategies to identify reasons for this poor performance. Possible reasons for retrieval failure include: storing too many pictures, rudimentary organization, use of multiple storage systems, failure to maintain collections and participants' false beliefs about their ability to access photos. We conclude by exploring the technical and theoretical implications of these findings.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2010 Springer. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Photography; PIM; Long term retrieval; Digital memories
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2010 11:26
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:59
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00779-009-0218-7
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1007/s00779-009-0218-7
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10334

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