© 2018

Personal Multimedia Preservation

Remembering or Forgetting Images and Video

  • Vasileios Mezaris
  • Claudia Niederée
  • Robert H. Logie
  • Highlights how to leverage the power of human forgetting and remembering in the digital world

  • Illuminates new perspectives on how to deal with personal content in the future

  • Provides concrete applications showing how to implement a forgetful approach


Part of the Springer Series on Cultural Computing book series (SSCC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Interdisciplinary Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Claudia Niederée, Vasileios Mezaris, Heiko Maus, Robert H. Logie
      Pages 3-8
    3. Robert H. Logie, Maria Wolters, Elaine Niven
      Pages 9-45
    4. Konstantinos Apostolidis, Foteini Markatopoulou, Christos Tzelepis, Vasileios Mezaris, Ioannis Patras
      Pages 47-98
  3. Multimedia Preservation Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Claudia Niederée, Nattiya Kanhabua, Tuan Tran, Kaweh Djafari Naini
      Pages 101-129
    3. Mark A. Greenwood, Nam Khanh Tran, Konstantinos Apostolidis, Vasileios Mezaris
      Pages 131-182
    4. Francesco Gallo, Claudia Niederée, Walter Allasia
      Pages 183-229
  4. Multimedia Preservation in Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Heiko Maus, Christian Jilek, Sven Schwarz
      Pages 233-277
    3. Andrea Ceroni
      Pages 279-314
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 315-339

About this book


This unique text/reference advocates a novel forgetful approach to dealing with personal multimedia content in the long run, which is inspired by the effectiveness of human forgetting as a mechanism for helping us to stay focused on important things. The text presents theoretical foundations, technologies, applications, and case study results that help the reader to understand the problems and challenges associated with personal digital preservation, and the solutions that can be developed in response to these challenges.

Topics and features:

  • Highlights the value of an intelligent and selective approach to personal multimedia preservation, involving managed forgetting and contextualized remembering
  • Considers how a conceptual understanding of human memory function can be used to inspire the design of digital managed preservation and forgetting
  • Discusses methods that endow computers with capabilities to understand digital content, in order to support intelligent preservation decisions
  • Examines the assessment of the importance of information items, introducing the concepts of memory buoyancy and preservation value
  • Reviews methods for preserving the context associated with a digital item, and for assessing how this context evolves over time
  • Proposes a reference model for the Preserve-or-Forget (PoF) approach which is integrative, value-driven, brain-inspired, forgetful, and evolution-aware
  • Describes the integration of preservation functionalities in a Personal Information Management (PIM) application
  • Presents a user study on a photo selection task, using the results to design methods for automatically selecting important photos from personal collections

This interdisciplinary volume provides significant insights from computer science, engineering and psychology that will be of great interest to researchers involved in multimedia and software engineering, multimedia preservation, cultural informatics, digital heritage, and the digital humanities.


Digital Preservation Digital Forgetting Human Forgetting Multimedia Content Analysis Personal Information Management

Editors and affiliations

  • Vasileios Mezaris
    • 1
  • Claudia Niederée
    • 2
  • Robert H. Logie
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Research and Technology HellasThermi, ThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.University of HannoverHannoverGermany
  3. 3.University of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Dr. Vasileios Mezaris is a Senior Researcher at the Information Technologies Institute (ITI) of the Centre for Research of Technology Hellas (CERTH), Greece.

Dr. Claudia Niederée is affiliated with the L3S Research Center in Hannover, Germany, where she works as a research group leader. She was coordinator of the ForgetIT EU project (2013-2016), which looked into digital forgetting processes in the context of preservation.

Prof. Robert H. Logie is affiliated with the University of Edinburgh, UK, where he is currently Professor of Human Cognitive Neuroscience within the Department of Psychology and the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology.

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