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What's the (European) story? Making sense of the digital heritage environment Alexander Badenoch First EUscreen International Conference on Content Selection Policy and Contextualisation Rome, 7 October 2010 www.inventingeurope.eu
(The biggest digital heritage environment of them all…)
"Curious person" ideal subject of digital heritage
"It will invest the coming time in consciousness-raising campaigns that will fascinate and draw in to the history of the Netherlands all within the current state borders, all those who feel Dutch beyond them, and all its fans." The National Historical Museum Stimulates Imagination 2008
Institutions need to justify and redefine themselves as a (used) service: traffic as measure
Revenue generation (image licenses, etc.)
Not collections, but experiences (key pieces, core competences) often seen as key to new publics
'Europe' is not always a useful frame of reference
Collaboration can be rewarding – but risks draining limited resources
Our goal: stimulating use of digital cultural heritage
utilize available online resources (and provide stimulus for more)
provide rich narrative environments for exploration and engagement
generate interpretive dialogue with experts
create links to and between CH collections (increase traffic)
The Project: A transnational history of Europe with technology as central focus www.tensionsofeurope.eu 6 Volumes Europe in the Global World From Nature to Networks: the Infrastructural Transformation of Europe European Technological Dramas: Histories of Consumption and Use Eventing Europe: Electronic Information and Communication Spaces in Europe Knowledge Societies, Expert Networks and Innovation Cultures in Europe Governing Europe: Technology, Experts and Networks
THE VIRTUAL EXHIBIT: A collaboration between current research and a range of major CH institutions 6 Exhibits Collaboration between: A narrow group of authors and a broader research network Science and technology museums Local and national general collections Other specialized collections National and European aggregation projects
Multiple media (TV, radio, programme guides, primary documents)
Multiple practices (things, stories, memories)
How do you get there from here? (B&G cat data) "Series of programmes where national and foreign pop artists perform (more or less live) before dancing teenagers. With attention to genres such as dixieland, chansons and the then-booming rock 'n roll. Series presented by Jos Brink, where national and foreign pop artists perform from the Concertgebouw in Haarlem" 00:00:06 + 00:28:16 Anthony en The Skylarks met "Caravan" en "Lady of Spain"; 00:03:11 Jan Rath en zijn Trio met "In your own sweet way"; 00:07:10 + 00:25:02 Siw Malmkvist met "Liebeskummer" en "Küsse nie nach Mitternacht"; 00:10:05 Peter en zijn Rockets met "Walking with my shadow" en "Ren naar hem"; 00:15:45 interview met Liliane, waarna zij optreedt met "Mixed up shook up girl"; 00:19:11 The Cousins met "New Orleans" en "Pep's". Mmv De Combonisten olv Joop Stokkermans.
"What do you want ?" "What have you got ? Material? Sure: What do you want? Here's a list of keywords... What have you got? Hmmm... How much do you want? How much have you got...? Archives Researchers Just choose representative things... Hmmm... that will take some time, and that costs money... Hmmm... that will take time, which will cost money... That covers most of what's there: What do you want?