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Digital Lives Research Conference
First Digital Lives Research Conference: Personal Digital Archives for the 21st Century

The British Library
9-11 February 2009

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Memories for Life Road Map
A Road Map for future Memories for Life research, January 2008

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Memories for Life Review Paper
Memories for Life review paper featured in Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

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welcome to memories for life

Memories for Life is a unique project, funded by the EPSRC, bringing together a diverse range of academics in a bid to understand how memory works and to develop the technologies to enhance it.

We are our memories. Our memories underpin every thought we have, every fact we learn and every skill we acquire.

In today’s technology-rich society this human memory is now supplemented by increasing amounts of personal digital information; emails, photographs, Internet telephone calls, even GPS locations and television viewing logs.

We believe bringing together psychologists, neuroscientists, sociologists and computer scientists will lead to a more effective use and management of both the human and computerised memory. It will place the technology in the context.

The challenges that lie ahead include the development of prosthetic memories, the storing and retrieval of a lifetime’s worth of memories and the issues of trust and privacy such databases will entail.

We aim to produce an understanding of what is common in memory systems and use that knowledge to improve efficiency, recall and information management across human, personal, social and work domains.

This is a problem of international scope, and beyond what can be achieved by a single research team or research grant, and offers the possibility of revolutionary advance. As such, Memories for Life has been recognised as a Grand Challenge for computing, by the United Kingdom Computing Research Committee.

The digital age presents opportunities that will impact on our memory needs. Memories for Life will foster the research.