eMemory is a digital platform dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of personal and collective memories. It offers the opportunity to protect their digital files safely and manage their digital heritage. eMemory supports Memory conservation projects which are promoted and developed with the active support of its members.
eMemory aims to protect and manage the digital heritage of any type of file. It favors quality over quantity, using the conscious sharing systems between communities and similar users and offering targeted functions of storage and storage to interconnected attributes that allow you to tell your story in a safe and comfortable place.
eMemory gives an answer to all those digital legacy problems of today's world that accumulates digital data without use of its full value, or makes it difficult to post-mortem discovery because of authentication systems that must be violated.
Through guided archiving procedures the user loads and label their digital files (text, images, video, audio and more) in "Memory boxes" of their own personal space and establishes the legacy through a clickable padlocks system (Padlock System), where red lock means the total deletion of the files after death, the yellow lock allows you to choose from a list of people (as of a certain date, wishing for a certain period of days) in legacy files, while the green lock makes available, also by a certain date and wishing for a certain period of time, to the whole community.
E-VIRDIS s.r.l. is the company that promotes, builds and operates the eMemory platform and holds trademarks and patents. It was formed in September 2012 with the aim of developing software services on issues related to environmental and social sustainability. From 2015 it has been fully dedicated to the design of eMemory. The current partners include:
Pietro Jarre - President and creator of eMemory. PhD in Geotechnical Engineering and a degree in Civil Engineering. He was involved in the professional business development in innovative fields in Italy and abroad. Director and co-founder of about 15 companies located in different European countries, he has contributed to their development until reaching a turnover of nearly one hundred million euro. As Vice President of Golder Associates group (about 8,000 people) he has directed its technical and commercial development around the world and its growth until the end of 2014.
Giuliano Nozzoli - CEO. Degree in Political Science, Manager in the City of Turin council now in retirement, expert in historical and bibliographical research.
Developers in house are Macagno Alessandro and Alberto Trivero. Alessandro, recent graduate in computer science with a thesis on existing social networks and the development of one network, chose the eMemory project because its strong social impact it may have on the younger generation and the generation of new jobs for young people. The second has a degree in Computer Engineering and an almost ten-year expertise in the field of computer security, as an independent researcher with the publication of several "security advisories" and technical documents, and as a consultant to companies in the sectors credit, energy, transportation, real estate, IT.
The conception of the idea of eMemory started from some reflections on the digital heritage, summarized below.Digital heritage - the problem
In recent years more and more frequent cases of legal disputes over the ownership and use of digital data of deceased persons. On PCs, tablets and smartphones now it is preserved almost everything we need, and also much more than what we would like to keep.
While the acts of purchase of our apartment or medical tests are well kept in our paper files (for now, but in a few years most likely these will be all digital), the digital data are accumulated haphazardly, in the vain hope that they are however, "eternal" or that we can then always "put them in order“ at a later time. This is not true: you know if you lost a phone, broke the pc or have been infected with a virus as Cryptolocker.
We accumulate a lot of data but do not protect them as we would with something of value, and we do not care allocate them according to specific wishes: in addition to losing many opportunities in life, we cause unpleasant situations (or serious problems) when we die or when we are no longer able to take autonomous decisions.Digital heritage - the access risks
The first risk of this type is due to the fact that nobody owns our passwords. So it will not be easy - and it will not be processed if we do not provide so with a will - access to the data that we will leave.
The second risk is that the passwords are assigned to the wrong people and / or someone will see files that should not be seen.
The third risk relates to the actual ownership of the data. The ones are stored on the laptop owned by our are really our data? And what about the data which are kept on social networks? These are no longer our data. We do not own them any more.Digital heritage - the excess risk
The risk today is to preserve too much and too untidy, that is, not to preserve and to leave nothing. This is mainly due to the direction in which digital technology has been pushed, ie to the priority given to quantity against quality. An excessive amount of data prevents their conservation and their transformation into information and knowledge. If we consider thousands of "facts" we can not do the "chronicle" of what happens to us, nor we can tell our "story".
The pieces of the mosaic that makes up our knowledge and allows us to express wisdom remain disordered tiles and meaningless. With eMemory we intend to give a concrete response to the growing demand of preservation and enhancement of digital data, and the construction of their digital heritage, and to the management of their digital heritage.This response is very close to that historically provided in insurance and banking fields for the personal material wealth, and keywords are the same - heritage, safe, enhancement
Among the most significant data we awn, there are the photographs portray our lives. Well, up to 50 years ago having a camera was a luxury, therefore we tended to limit its use. Today we all can take thousands of photos, but they often are not even printed, and stay relegated and often forgotten onto a Memory card or in some cloud service, to which our dear / heirs will probably never have access. The cost of access to technology has dropped, but perhaps we have decided to sacrifice the subjective value of the Memory and its potential.
Data stored through attention to their context and appropriately tagged according to personal significance as emotional and heritage intertwined threads acquire value and become seeds for superior retrieval which in turn allows individuals and communities to build Memory identity and awareness. The system to achieve this target is called Seminal System for the Use of Digital Data SSUDD.
SSUDD is a model and the associated methodology of subsequent and repeatable steps to capitalize on digital data in a circular and shared economy of memories. The methodology with its sequence and its targets - future Memory and social awareness - are the essence of this description.
Compared with the current (lack of) attention to thoughtful methodologies for filing of private / family data, SSUDD constitutes a breakthrough against the currently dominant consumerist approach to digital data use. SSUDD opens the way for a sustainable use of the digital data (memories) and their circular and shared economy. This is achieved because SSUDD builds a specific working environment for the capitalization of memories - intertwined individual and collective memories - such that rough data become useable bricks for Memory identity and awareness.
eMemory responds to important and so far unsolved obstacles in the web users experience:
Dou have innovative ideas for new uses of eMemory?
You are invited to “cook” with us. The “kitchen” is the virtual place where we are preparing our future “products”. Our kitchen has glass walls and opened doors.
Come into the kitchen.. We will discuss together about the next meal, the next product. Your recipes are welcome. Our vision is to learn from our users. Our vision is to unleash your creativity and to build the platform together, and to get to the success together.
A user-co-used web platform. Are you going to develop initiatives or projects about personal or collective memories? Are you looking for travel companions? Are you looking for funding for your project?
eMemory intends to preside with maximum force the theme of \"Memory retention\". For this reason we intend to allocate an important portion of the profits to Memory preservation projects.
eMemory can finance existing projects, or we can create our own projects. Users can themselves become protagonists in the realization of these projects, creating communities on a territorial basis or thematic projects. We can work in partnership with companies and associations, potential sponsors and project promoters or facilitators for specific projects.
The platform will offer a range of related services, mainly through third parties. For example, services for the digitalization of documents, the selection of the most precious documents, the assistance for the construction of their Memoryboxes.
The provision of such services can be made through the e-connection with specific professionals - such as photography studios or antique specialists, specialist in oral history
The delivery of such services may, however, also be based on a network of physical points of access in utilities well distributed throughout the territory. At these facilities – banks, gas stations, who knows? – a physical point of access for eMemory services could be arranged, beside other facilities.
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We are considering possible forms of user participation to some eMemory choices on the development of the platform and its services. We are studying the possibility that the company that owns eMemory is at least partly user - owned. This:
Yes. The procedure is simple. A mobile application for the most popular platforms to make this process very easy is going to be developed
You can upload all the files on eMemory - and repeat this procedure regularly - and keep them in a temporary memoteca in the attic. However, we suggest that you then select the important files for you and enhance and organize only those within specific memory boxes
When a file is loaded, it appears written on the upper right. Proceed slowly, and always read the return messages. On eMemory you should not be in a hurry
Open the image file, and click on "image change". Do not forget to save the changes made. Read the message in the upper right corner
You can't edit the file in word directly on eMemory. However, you can download the file, edit it and reload it updating the previous file
There is no maximum limit. We recommend avoiding using more than 30 memory boxes. You do not want a too crowded house. Instead, use with care the many options for tagging.
Because only the eMemory users can see, with the file, all the information that give the context around the file. If you just want to share the content of an image or of a text, you can use the email. If you use the email, however, you lose control and ownership of the file. In addiction, if you like eMemory and the service it offers, why should you not talk about it to friends and family?
Sure. When you invite someone you can send a message and explain everything
Because the purpose of a social network is to create contacts between people. This is however possible with eMemory but this is not the purpose of eMemory
Because the purpose of a file hosting is to store large amounts of data that are often not rich in context. With eMemory, you can store large amounts of data but this is not the purpose of eMemory
The transmission of files from your device to the platform server is encrypted. The data centers that we use guarantee the highest safety levels
You make a request that a physical copy on electronic media will be delivered to a specific address. The cost will be charged. The data will be protected by a password. You define the password
Prices are comparable and only slightly higher because we offer several other services, and we are committed to devote a part of our revenues to finance memory projects.
Our vision is that the users own most of eMemory if not all. If this is not going to be possible, however, we will have to make different choices
No. The same applies to other polices in other countries. We must and we want to adapt to the national regulations that apply in different countries
If our company closes, your files are no longer accessible. We are committed to inform users of this possibility in time and invite them to obtain a copy of all the data uploaded to the platform
The company in charge of the platform is committed to this condition. See "Terms and conditions " defined on the platform
Yes. Several users have indicated that they want to use eMemory to process and store certain files concerning their work. Many work products developed by each individual are also part of the patrimony of individuals. These products should be developed and preserved on the eMemory platform
The assessment follows a defined procedure in the Data management Agreement. The Agreement is defined at the bottom of each page of the platform. The procedure considers three possible situations:
In any case, every event of death must be certified by a document, which must have legal value
This is defined on the data management Agreement defined at the bottom of each page of the platform. You have defined the fate of each file uploaded on the platform
This is defined in the data management Agreement defined at the bottom of each page of the platform. You have defined the mode of delivery. The heirs, that is, the members of the lists, are notified by eMemory after the files owner's death. The heirs receive the files electronically. We are also evaluating the possibility to deliver the files on physical media
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