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Theorizing Digital Cultural HeritageA Critical Discourse$
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Fiona Cameron and Sarah Kenderdine

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033534

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033534.001.0001

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Digital Knowledgescapes: Cultural, Theoretical, Practical, and Usage Issues Facing Museum Collection Databases in a Digital Epoch

Digital Knowledgescapes: Cultural, Theoretical, Practical, and Usage Issues Facing Museum Collection Databases in a Digital Epoch

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(p.165) 9 Digital Knowledgescapes: Cultural, Theoretical, Practical, and Usage Issues Facing Museum Collection Databases in a Digital Epoch
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Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage
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Fiona Cameron

Helena Robinson

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262033534.003.0010

This chapter examines how documentation and interpretation of museum collections within databases can be reconceptualized to form new knowledge models in line with contemporary theoretical and pedagogical public access concerns, as well as the capabilities of emerging technological innovation. Drawing on the findings of two research projects called Knowledge Objects and Themescaping Virtual Collections, it discusses the theoretical, cultural, and practical implications for museum documentation processes. The chapter also examines traditional empirical approaches to museum documentation and stresses the importance of reevaluating their legitimacy in the context of the Internet and wider theoretical shifts in the field of museology. In addition, it explores the ways in which postmodernism and poststructuralism, along with alternative knowledge systems, can be incorporated into museum documentation, and concludes by suggesting how museums may think about, construct, and administer the collection databases of the future.

Keywords:   databases, knowledge, museum documentation, museums, museum collections, Internet, museology, postmodernism, poststructuralism

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