This one-day event will explore how digital data are being, or could be, collected, curated, managed, and used in museums, and the challenges museums might encounter in doing so.
History and heritage are now not only shared, but also increasingly produced online: the circulation of news, opinions, and the debate around them that happens in the digital sphere constitutes a substantial part of 21st century heritage. Web archiving is now a feature of many national libraries, which strive to collect and preserve born-digital data, as ‘cultural artefacts’. While museums have been collecting born digital art for a few years, the collection and curation of born-digital content as a substantial part of contemporary heritage – often alongside heterogeneous assemblages of objects relating to the same event or topic – is only now emerging as a key challenge for the sector.
This event will examine new curating practices emerging in response to the collecting and archiving of born-digital data; responses to the coexistence of physical and digital heritage in museum collections and displays; methodological issues raised by the acquisition of born-digital (big) data (including current research on collection management systems and metadata for this content); ethical and legal questions concerning the use of this data.
Registration: email chiara.zuanni(at)uni-graz.at (attendance is free)
When: Monday 11th February 2019, 9.15-17.30.
Where: Seminar Room of the Centre for Information Modelling.