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Anthropology of Media
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Digital Archives and Collections
Creating Online Access to Cultural Heritage
260 pages, 8 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-185-1 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Not Yet Published (September 2021)
“This is an interesting and timely manuscript… It is highly original and is a welcome contribution to the growing body of scholarship on digital archives and community participation, covering aspects of memory, history, power and politics.” • Graeme Were, University of Bristol
Museums and archives all over the world digitize their collections and provide online access to heritage material. But what factors determine the content, structure and use of these online inventories? This book turns to India and Europe to answer this question. It explains how museums and archives envision, decide and conduct digitization and online dissemination. It also sheds light on born-digital, community-based archives, which have established themselves as new actors in the field. Based on anthropological fieldwork, the chapters in the book trace digital archives from technical advancements and postcolonial initiatives to programming alternatives, editing content, and active use of digital archives.
Katja Müller conducts research into digitization, museum studies, material culture and visual anthropology, as well as energy and environmental humanities. She is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Regional Studies, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.