Digital Heritage: Access
Participants critically reflect on the political implications of existing access strategies and develop alternative strategies that take full account of the practices’ diversity.
The first phase of the large-scale digitization of cultural heritage has primarily focused on the design of technical infrastructures for collecting and connecting digital heritage. Largely driven by the traditional heritage institutions – libraries, archives, museums – and financed by national and supra-national governments, these projects have focused on standardization and interoperability as strategies for making digital heritage collections available on portals like Europeana.
As a consequence, the resulting applications directly or indirectly support nationalist or regional political agendas: EU-funded projects (such as Inventing Europe) tend to promote a unifying image of Europe (see also domain Europe).