Digital approaches to documenting material knowledge: implications and concerns

Digital approaches to documenting material knowledge: implications and concerns
30 November 2021, 4.00pm - 5.15pm
Online- via Zoom

Every day, the diversity of material knowledge is being lost at an unprecedented rate as mass-produced goods and industrial technologies subsume or replace local practices. Meanwhile, the advancement and popularisation of digital technologies has democratised the access to new archival and documentation techniques that have expanded the possibilities to collect, retrieve and archive digital information. In this context, the Endangered Material Knowledge Programme (EMKP) is a grant-giving programme that supports the documentation of material knowledge systems that are under threat and/or in danger of disappearing. Scholars and community members across the world can apply for funding to undertake ethnographic research and record material knowledge systems using a range of digital formats, including audio-visual recording, photographs, GIS, VR, 3D etc. The ultimate aim of EMKP is to create an archive of activities and knowledge systems to be available through an open access online repository. In this session, we will use the programme as a case study to explore main issues regarding digital preservation of material knowledge including cultural sensitivity, digital archiving, born-digital cultural heritage, open access and intellectual property. 

Speaker: Paula Loreta Granados García (British Museum) 

This seminar is co-hosted by the Digital Humanities Research Hub, University of London, UK, and Star-UBB Institute of Advanced Studies, University Babeș-Bolyai, Cluj Napoca, Romania.

All welcome

This event is free to attend, but booking is required. 


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