Edward Benoit, III is assistant professor at the School of Library & Information Science at Louisiana State University. He is the coordinator of both the archival studies and cultural heritage resource management MLIS specializations. He received an MA in history, MLIS, and PhD in information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research focuses on participatory and community archives, nontraditional archival materials, and archival education. He is the founder and director of the Virtual Footlocker Project that examines the personal archiving habits of the 21st century soldier in an effort to develop new digital capture and preservation technologies to support their needs.
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The internet as a platform for facilitating human organization without the need for organizations has, through social media, created new challenges for cultural heritage institutions. Challenges include but are not limited to: how to manage copyright, ownership, orphan works, open data access to heritage representations and artifacts, crowdsourcing, cultural heritage amateurs, information as a commodity or information as public domain, sustainable preservation, attitudes towards openness and much more.
Participatory Heritage uses a selection of international case studies to explore these issues and demonstrates that in order for personal and community-based documentation and artifacts to be preserved and included in social and collective histories, individuals and community groups need the technical and knowledge infrastructures of support that formal cultural institutions can provide. In other words, both groups need each other.
Divided into three core sections, this book explores
- participants in the preservation of cultural heritage, exploring heritage institutions and organizations, community archives, and groups;
- challenges, including discussion of giving voices to communities, social inequality, digital archives, and data and online sharing; and
- solutions, discussing open access and APIs, digital postcards, the case for collaboration, digital storytelling and co-designing heritage practice.
"The authors' contributions cut across archival science, museology, and related disciplines like computing and library science. These essays place users— producers and consumers—at the heart of an archival mindset ... [This book] contributes significantly to the archival literature, especially in the current context of digital transformations focusing on openness, participation, and collaboration."
— The American Archivist
"In Participatory Heritage, editors Henriette Roued-Cunliffe and Andrea Copeland have created a valuable resource for archivists and other cultural heritage professionals navigating the treacherous intersection between the institutionalized repository and the eager and well-intentioned amateurs gathering and disseminating focused historical content via storefronts, websites, or social media."
— Brady M. Banta, Arkansas State University, Archival Issues
"This is a book of interesting and useful lessons learned, where readers can benefit from what the authors suggest they could have done differently ... a valuable addition to the literature, and I hope it is widely used."
— Sarah R. Demb, Information Management Magazine
"As this highly selective summary demonstrates, there is much in this volume for readers with a variety of interests, although not every case study will be of relevance to all ... Nonetheless, there is real value in reading the studies as a whole. It will be thought-provoking for most readers, whether around the boundaries of our professional self-definition, the need to listen to communities in developing our work with them, or our understanding of linkages across the spectrum of what may be defined as heritage practice."
— Melinda Haunton, The National Archives, Archives and Records
"If you work in a college or university library and have ever tried to partner with a community group or heritage organization or are contemplating doing same, you will probably be well served by looking into this slim volume."
— Michael Ryan, New York Historical Society Museum and Library, College & Research Libraries