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.


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

Digital Memory Organizations


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


  • 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

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


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

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