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Sydney Opera House on eBay: enabling technologies, community and social value

Garduno Freeman, Cristina 2016, Sydney Opera House on eBay: enabling technologies, community and social value, Historic environment, vol. 28, no. 2, Special Issue: Citizen Heritage, pp. 44-55.

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Title Sydney Opera House on eBay: enabling technologies, community and social value
Author(s) Garduno Freeman, CristinaORCID iD for Garduno Freeman, Cristina orcid.org/0000-0002-6085-6340
Journal name Historic environment
Volume number 28
Issue number 2
Season Special Issue: Citizen Heritage
Start page 44
End page 55
Total pages 12
Publisher Australia ICOMOS
Place of publication Burwood, Vic.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0726-6715
Summary Digital forms of participation with significant places, such the Sydney Opera House, are increasing. What can they reveal about communities of this World Heritage site? How do contingent forms of participation evidence the interconnectedness of tangible, intangible and digital forms of cultural heritage? Critical heritage scholars assert that social value is a central issue in cultural heritage. In an Australian context, ‘social value’ is used to denote the significance that communities have for places of cultural heritage. Unlike other forms of place-significance such as scientific, historic or aesthetic values, the assessment of social value is complex and difficult to evidence. This theoretical paper explores participation in place through two digital instances, buying a real tile on eBay and a virtual one on Own Our House a crowdfunding venture by the Opera House Trust. The paper seeks to reveal the way in which such online artefacts demonstrate how cultural significance is entangled in the everyday and the individual experience. It argues that these seemingly insignificant moments of participation are implicated in the personal and the emotional by connecting work within critical heritage studies with the work of media scholar Jose van Dijck. Then the paper reflects on the way in which these everyday forms of participation through digital technologies disrupts and complicates established ideas about communities upon which local, state, national and international heritage systems are based.
Language eng
Field of Research 120102 Architectural Heritage and Conservation
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Australia ICOMOS
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083828

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