DigiCULT Thematic Issue V.

Guntram Geser et.al. (2004): DigiCULT Thematic Issue V. Virtual Communities and Collaboration in the Heritage Sector

This fifth Thematic Issue concentrates on the question of how heritage institutions might benefit from fostering virtual communities related to core activities such as exhibitions, educational programmes or in support of scholarly communities.

There is growing volume of evidence to suggest that cultural heritage institutions’ adoption of virtual communities will broaden the reach, value and relevance of cultural heritage. The vision to link the collections and work of heritage insitutions with virtual communities promises to considerably change the way we access, communicate about, share our understanding of, and participate in the experience of cultural heritage.

But, for most cultural heritage institutions, the challenge will be first to embrace the idea of co-operating with a (non-professional) online community, and then to nurture an evolving and thriving community that crosses the virtual as well as physical space.

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