Bente Jensen – Abstract and bio


As a member of the Collecting Social Photo (CoSoPho) team Bente has through 2017-2020 explored the challenges for museums and archives in collecting social digital photography. The project has performed eleven case studies focusing on photographic practices, places and events. The case studies have given valuable insight into the process of collecting and the challenges met by different types of collecting initiatives.
The CoSoPho project has also developed a prototype web app for collecting social digital photography that has allowed for detailed discussions on the different steps in a collecting initiative, the impact of technology and how this connects with current work practices and digital infrastructures in museums and archives.
The CoSoPho project has also produced recommendations for collecting of social digital photography, which are available in the anthology Connect to Collect from March 19, 2020.


Bente Jensen. Fotograf Johny Kristensen

Bente Jensen

Bente Jensen participates in the Nordic project Collecting Social Photography (2017-2020) 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 recently 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. 

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