Living With a Lifetime Store

Jim Gemmell, Roger Lueder, Gordon Bell

ATR Workshop on Ubiquitous Experience Media |

Storage trends have brought us to the point where it is affordable to keep a complete digital record of one’s life. The MyLifeBits system is designed to store and manage a lifetime’s worth of data. To experiment with a lifetime store, we have digitized everything possible from Gordon Bell’s life. These are added to his existing digital assets. We also continue to add new digital capture such as web pages, telephone, radio and television. In this paper we explain the key requirements of a lifetime store. We show how typed links and database features are keys to the usefulness of such a system.