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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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Cultural Information Standards—Political Territory and Rich Rewards

Cultural Information Standards—Political Territory and Rich Rewards

(p.223) 11 Cultural Information Standards—Political Territory and Rich Rewards
Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage

Ingrid Mason

The MIT Press

This chapter, which examines the role of cultural information standards in creating the infrastructure for the collection, preservation, and access of digital cultural heritage, argues that the significance of critically examined standards stems from their role in supporting the collection and preservation of digital cultural heritage. In other words, they determine selection policies and guidelines (what is collected) as well as preservation policies and methods (what is kept). The chapter considers the relationships between cultural information standards and digital cultural heritage, and how their development is driven by the sociopolitical forces that influence cultural information standards as well as the benefits of virtual access to digital cultural heritage. It also discusses how trust and collaboration influence the development and maintenance of cultural information standards.

Keywords:   cultural information standards, collection, preservation, virtual access, digital cultural heritage, trust, collaboration

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