Visitor, contributor and conversationalist: multiple digital identities of the heritage citizen

Lewi, Hannah, Smith, Wally, Murray, Andrew and Cooke, Steven 2016, Visitor, contributor and conversationalist: multiple digital identities of the heritage citizen, Historic environment, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 12-24.

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Title Visitor, contributor and conversationalist: multiple digital identities of the heritage citizen
Author(s) Lewi, Hannah
Smith, Wally
Murray, Andrew
Cooke, StevenORCID iD for Cooke, Steven
Journal name Historic environment
Volume number 28
Issue number 2
Start page 12
End page 24
Total pages 13
Publisher Council for the Historic Environment
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0726-6715
Keyword(s) Digital Heritage
Citizen Science
Sense of Place
Summary In this paper we analyse modes of connecting to and interacting with heritage through a range of selected digital applications and social media that all relate to the history of places. With their emphasis on connectivity and online participation, these apps and sites seek to create both repositories and digital communities through which images, information, memories and experiences can be shared. Through comparison to therise of ‘citizen science’, we propose a new way of categorising these recent mobile and web-based sites that scrutinises, in a more fine-grained way, the mode of citizen engagement that was inscribed into their designs and purpose. The simple typology of curated sites, content-hosting sites, and social network sites, provides a way to examine the possibilities and the limits for a kind of digitally-enabled ‘heritage citizen’. We ask questions around how digital and social media open up new forms of consumption and production of heritage related interpretation and content, and we tease apart issues of ownership and citizen versus institutional presence, moderation and control, and ongoing engagement.
Language eng
Field of Research 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
1201 Architecture
2103 Historical Studies
2101 Archaeology
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID DP140101188
Copyright notice ©2016, Council for the Historic Environment
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