Cultural heritage communities of interest have increasingly expanded from cultural heritage professionals to volunteers, special interest groups and independent citizen-led initiative groups. Digital technology has also increasingly impacted cultural heritage by affording novel experiences of it – it features in a number of activities for all the aforementioned groups, as well as acting as support for visitors to cultural heritage centres.
With different degrees of formality and training, these communities are increasingly defining and taking ownership of what is of value to them, thus reconfiguring the care, communication, interpretation and validation of heritage. Digital technology has played a crucial role in this transformative process.
In a fully international context, cultural heritage practitioners, community champions and academics from different fields of study have contributed to this book. Each chapter brings to the fore the multiple relationships between heritage, communities and technologies as a focus of study and reflection in an inclusive way. Contributions touch upon present and future opportunities for technology, as well as participatory design processes with different stakeholders.
This book brings together ideas from different disciplines, cultures, methods and goals, to inspire scholars and practitioners involved in community heritage projects.
Introduction, Luigina Ciolfi, Areti Damala, Eva Hornecker, Monika Lechner and Laura Maye; 1. Archaeological Remote Sensing: Some Community Engagement in Ireland, Kevin Barton and Daniel Curley; 2. Online Maker Communities: Craft and New Spaces of Engagement with Cultural Heritage, Amalia Sabiescu, Martin Woolley, Catherine Cummings, Janine Prins, and Neil Forbes; 3. The Limerick Dance Halls Project: The Charm of Discreet Technology, Gabriela Avram; 4. Towards User Engagement Models for Citizen Science: Initiatives in the Digital Cultural Heritage Domain, Edel Jennings, Milena Dobreva, and Anna Devreni-Koutsouki; 5. Challenges in Designing Cultural Heritage Crowdsourcing: Tools with Indigenous Communities, Colin Stanley, Daniel G. Cabrero, Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, and Edwin Blake; 6. How to get small museums involved in digital innovation: A design-inclusive research approach, Arnold P.O.S. Vermeeren and Licia Calvi; 7. Emotional Connections with the Past: Exploring Engagement with Historical Images from an Online Museum Collection, Tom Wrigglesworth and Leon Watts; 8. Artcasting, Mobilities, and Inventiveness: Engaging with New Approaches to Arts Evaluation, Jen Ross, Claire Sowton, Jeremy Knox, and Chris Speed; 9. Challenging Political Agendas through Indigenous Media: Hawai'i and the Promotion and Protection of Cultural Heritage through the Use of Social Media, Susan Shay; 10. War at your Doorstep: Supporting Communities Discovering their Local History via Interactive Technology, Anna Pisetti, Elena Not and Daniela Petrelli