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At some point in the future I am going to die. When this happens, I can donate my body to science but I’m currently unable to donate my data or even my metadata to research. I will present a scenario where an end of life service exists for people to donate their data.

Over the next three months I will examine the relationship that members of the public have with the concept of digital legacy and their willingness to want to donate their data.

I will briefly outline the concept of an end of life data donation service and explore the feasibility of such a service, including the readiness and willingness of data holding organisations to supply this data.

This study draws on existing literature (Bellamy, 2013) and examines the broader implications of archiving your personal digital footprint; for example, can my digital self commit post-mortem crime?

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Open Access Research Data

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Open Access

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Digital Humanities Australasia: Working with complexity