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When you move around online or work on a computer, you cast what Naomi Nelson calls a “digital shadow”—a record of your activity. Many of us aren’t aware just how long a shadow we cast. For an archivist like Ms. Nelson, head of special collections at Duke University, an ever-bigger part of the job is figuring out how to collect that abundant but hard-to-see information—and persuading donors that it’s useful and safe to hand over records of their digital lives at all.

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