Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age - Sending Out an S.O.S. - Nicola Lercari

Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age - Sending Out an S.O.S. - Nicola Lercari

3. Global Heritage, Knowledge Provenance, and Digital Preservation: Defining a Critical Approach

Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age - Sending Out an S.O.S. - Nicola Lercari

Anaïs Guillem [+-]
University of California, Merced
Anaïs Guillem Department of Anthropology and Heritage Studies, University of California, Merced.
Nicola Lercari [+-]
University of California, Merced
Nicola Lercari is an Associate Professor of Heritage Studies at the University of California, Merced. His scholarship exposes the fundamental role that digital and geospatial technologies play in investigating and protecting sites of cultural significance, archaeological excavation/museum collections, data, and information that describe and document our planet's cultural diversity. From 2011-2017, he investigated the UNESCO World Heritage site of Çatalhöyük, Turkey, innovating the application of remote sensing and digital archaeology methods to the investigation, interpretation, and dissemination of this important Neolithic site. Lercari participates in the international research initiative Proyecto Regional Palenque and is the principal investigator of the Fort Ross Cultural Trail project developed in collaboration with California State Parks. He was a Co-Principal Investigator for the University of California (UC) Office of the President's Research Catalyst Award that funded the research discussed in this volume.

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This chapter takes a critical look at whether and how digital techniques 'preserve' cultural heritage. By shifting the focus of the at-risk heritage discourse from high-visibility destructions of sites in Afghanistan and the Near East to a global-scale non-mediatized loss of archaeological and historic sites in the name of progress, urban and economic growth, this chapter emphasizes the importance of thorough documentation of provenance for digital cultural heritage objects and a linked open data approach to connect cultural heritage with different communities of interest. The authors point to the potentials presented by crowdsourcing and citizen science in promoting heritage awareness and preservation. The authors also address the sense of urgency in preservation discussed in the volume. They investigate new digital methods and technology that not only generate documentation data on ancient ruins and historic buildings in case of material loss or decay but also critically attempt to track the provenance of information and knowledge describing these heritage places and represent the underlying scientific processes that contribute to their preservation.

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Guillem, Anaïs ; Lercari, Nicola. 3. Global Heritage, Knowledge Provenance, and Digital Preservation: Defining a Critical Approach. Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age - Sending Out an S.O.S.. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Feb 2022. ISBN 9781800501263. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42593. Date accessed: 01 Dec 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42593. Feb 2022

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