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Bente Jensen

Bente Jensen

Aalborg City Archives

Bente Jensen participates in the Nordic Collecting Social Photo project (CoSoPho, 2017-2021) for Aalborg City Archives in Denmark, where she is an archivist.

She is also part-time lecturer at Aalborg University in subjects related to archives and cultural heritage. Before this she was an archivist in the Danish National Archives. Her interests are strategies and methods of participatory archives and archives’ outreach.

A special focus is on how the change to digital media will affect the methods and strategies of archives especially related to the visual holdings. Together with the CoSoPho team, she has published: (Hash) tagging with the users: participatory collection of digital social photography in museums and archives in the anthology: Participatory Archives. Theory and Practice (FACET, 2019).

She is one of the editors of the Nordic anthology : #arkivdag – relevans, medvirkning, dialog (Oslo 2016). She has also participated in the Nordic project: Turning Access into Learning (2016-2018), which examined digital accessibility and the potential of archives.


Speaking at:

MuseumNext Digital Summit
Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Crowdsourced Digital Born Collections Panel

Collecting digital born heritage, from and with communities and individuals, requires successful engagement initiatives by museums and archives. This forces us to think about and rethink inclusion as well as power relations. Another aspect of collecting is the impact of user experience and design of technical platforms on the result. Collecting projects are an opportunity to create awareness about museums and archives as repositories for peoples’ visual heritage. To successfully collect with communities and audiences requires building trust in institutions. The Nordic research project Collecting Social Photo has during three years explored how museums and archives need to adapt work practices around crowdsourced digital born collections, which includes experimenting around interaction and technology, developing inclusive initiatives and adopting flexible work methods. During this panel the project team will share their hands-on experience from recent collecting projects and what was learned.

Find the full programme here

Bente Jensen