CULTURAL HERITAGE AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES: THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN PRESERVING, RESTORING AND DISSEMINATING CULTURAL KNOWLEDGE

  • A Joubert Institute of Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, and Department of Visual Arts, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
  • K Biernacka Katarzyna Biernacka, Computer and Media Service, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Abstract

This article focuses on the role of new technology in the preservation, restoration and dissemination of cultural knowledge illustrated by the example of the ‘Hoffmann Collection of Cultural Knowledge’ (HC-CK). Some background information on the conceptualisation and aims of the project are given in the introduction. New technologies as an integral part of research, preservation, restoration and presentation are then discussed. The focus of the discussion in the second part will be on the inclusion of new technology as an essential part of research outputs, on the powerful capacities of intermediality as observed in the ‘Hoffmann Collection of Cultural Knowledge’ and on an example of a digitally created space (database) where all genera of primary and secondary productions meet to offer researchers the possibility to convene multiple places. This article finally suggests that it is the right time to connect the astounding predisposition of new technologies in the form of digital media to reshape the unique spaces of research and the dissemination of research outcomes.

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Published
2016-04-18
Section
Supplement 2015