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dc.contributor.authorTait, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.authorMacLeod, Marsaili
dc.contributor.authorBeel, David
dc.contributor.authorWallace, Claire
dc.contributor.authorMellish, Chris
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Stuart
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-25T13:42:41Z
dc.date.available2013-10-25T13:42:41Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationTAIT, E., MACLEOD, M., BEEL, D., WALLACE, C., MELLISH, C. and TAYLOR, S., 2013. Linking to the past: an analysis of community digital heritage initiatives. Aslib Proceedings , 65 (6), pp. 564-580.en
dc.identifier.issn0001-253Xen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10059/889
dc.description.abstractPurpose – Community initiatives to collate and manage different kinds of cultural forms and resources are a popular way for local people to engage with the heritage of their area. These initiatives are often heavily dependent, however, upon short-term funding and long-term efforts of a few dedicated individuals. This paper aims to explore how community digital archives offer scope to widen participation in cultural activities and to investigate the sustainability of these initiatives. Design/methodology/approach – A case study approach was taken of Hebridean Connections, which is a community managed, online historical resource. This paper is primarily based on interview data with key stakeholders, all of whom are based in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Findings – Participation in Hebridean Connections was reported in positive terms by respondents and many cited that it was a good way to reconnect with diasporic populations and that they believed that this would encourage tourism. It was also reported that the system of linked records added value to the collections as previously undiscovered connections could be made that would not be possible without the electronic resource. Originality/value – Few studies have been undertaken examining community digital archives. The multidisciplinary nature of the study also brings together different perspectives on the area of enquiry.en
dc.description.sponsorshipCURIOS (Cultural Repositories and Information Systems) is supported by the Rural Digital Economy Research Hub (EPSRC EP/G066051/1).en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing.en
dc.rights‘This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here (https://openair.rgu.ac.uk/). Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.’en
dc.subjectCommunity identityen
dc.subjectCultural heritageen
dc.subjectDigital archivesen
dc.subjectDigital economyen
dc.subjectQualitative researchen
dc.subjectScotlanden
dc.subjectSemantic linked open dataen
dc.titleLinking to the past: an analysis of community digital heritage initiatives.en
dc.typeJournal articlesen
dc.publisher.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1108/AP-05-2013-0039en


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