ID: 212

BUSHEY, Jessica


Bushey, Jessica. “Convergence, Connectivity, Ephemeral and the Performed: New Characteristics of Digital Photographs,” Archives & Manuscripts, (forthcoming Spring 2014).

Bushey, Jessica. “Trustworthy Images in The Cloud: Early Findings of the Records in the Cloud Project.” In IMCW Conference Proceedings, (forthcoming Computer and Information Science Series Spring 2014).

Bushey, Jessica. “Investigating Sites of Power: Online Image ‘Archives’.” (forthcoming Helsinki Photomedia 2014) Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland, March 26-28, 2014.

Bushey, Jessica. “Web Albums: Preserving the Contemporary Photographic Album.” In The Photograph and the Collection, edited by Graeme Farnell, 196-229. Edinburgh: MuseumsEtc., 2013.

Bushey, Jessica. “Born-digital Images: Creation to Preservation.” Paper presented at the UNESCO Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation Conference, Vancouver, BC, September 26-28, 2012.


Early findings of the Survey on The Trustworthiness of Digital Photographs Accessed and Stored in Social Media Platforms

Brief summary:

This paper presents the early findings of the two-part doctoral study exploring the trustworthiness of digital photographs in social media platformsThe findings address the extent to which contemporary digital photographic practice has changed and users expectations for ongoing access to and long-term preservation of their online collections.


The adoption of photo-sharing and social networking sites introduces new tools and methods for managing, accessing, and preserving digital photographs collections that need to be considered in relation to existing practices for image-making and keeping. Additional concerns regarding the legal ownership and copyright of digital photographs held within social media platforms, specifically platforms that encourage sharing, should also be explored from an archival perspectiveTwo major themes explored in this paper are: the changing nature of record-making and recordkeeping practices in the context of digital photography; and societal expectations of photo-sharing (e.g., Flickr) and social networking (e.g., Facebook) sites as repositories for ongoing access to and long-term preservation of digital photograph collections. By focusing on the activities of creators, this paper will is concerned with personal information management (PIM). It is necessary to emphasize that without a clear understanding of how digital photographs collections in social media platforms are being created, managed and stored, it will be difficult for archivists to understand the legal parameters of social media platforms as repositories of user-generated contentand to determine if these digital troves are being relied upon by their creators as archives of permanent value that must be preserved for future uses. 

Scientific contribution:

The empirical research is informed by theories of archival science and computer science


digital photographs, social media platforms, access, management, preservation, trustworthiness, cloud computing, archives