Reflexive Curation: Accident, Risk, and Medium in the Collectively Curated Collection

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The systems we use to record, communicate, and safeguard knowledge and experience, including our increasingly distributed and coordinated systems of curation, themselves increase complexity and risk, which will not be reduced, overall, by new or additional knowledge or technology. We must be careful not to overestimate what we think we know about the functioning of these complex systems, or to extrapolate too confidently from current trends.