Stewardship and Cultural Memory Organizations in the Digital Age was the subject at the Friday Afternoon Seminar (UC Berkeley School of Information) held by Clifford Lynch on September 12th, 2008.

Notes Edit

  • Digital content
    • Files
    • Database records
    • Games
  • Stewardship
    • Objectives
    • Roles
    • Responsibilities

Cultural Memory Organizations Edit

History Edit

  • Royal collections → national collections
  • Printing, publishing, copyright
    • More techniques (~mid 19th c.): photography, audio recording

Museums Edit

  • focused on exhibitions
    • ↔ similarity and difference in collections
      • easier with surrogates/replicates
      • cf. publication of parts of manuscripts in different collections worldwide
  • projects possible due to digitization
  • Importance of interoperability and standards
  • Collections and limited institutional knowledge + role of "outsiders"

Replication, Digitization, Surrogates Edit

  • 2-, 3-dimensional
  • Negatives as sets of pictures depending on technology for copy (exposure, contrast, material ...)
  • Digitization (+publication) as part of stewardship

Remarks Edit

  • Cultural Memory Organizations
  • Museums
    • interpretative role of scholars ↔ complexity/abundance/interdependence of cultural reality/context
      • validation/evaluation/review of data/information from sources outside museums (outsiders, visitors, private collectors, Web 2.0 collaboration = outside of scholarly expertise)
      • using experience from Wikipedia (no specific role by affiliation to traditional "knowledge" organizations like cultural memory organizations or universities) for validation/evaluation/review process:[3]
        1. Data/Information (from outsider) ⇒ Museum
        2. How do you know? ⇐ Museum (asks outsider)
        3. Repeat if necessary, documentation of origin (reference)
    • accessibility of collections and information about collections
    • connecting existing information

References Edit

  1. Codex Sinaiticus
  2. cf. Dead Sea scrolls (Wikisource)
  3. cf.

External links Edit

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