As the Web gets more “social” and as museums, libraries and archives are beginning to offer online access to digital representations of their collections, users and institutions are beginning to inhabit the same, shared information space. This is an exciting prospect, as we are now witnessing new paradigms for engaging users with our shared heritage. 'Netizens' (people actively involved in online communities) are using technological advances, offered by cultural heritage institutions, publishers and other commercial entities, as well as objects from a great variety of sources to shape this information space. The new paradigms imply, in many cases, the need for profound change in institutional practice. For instance, using the power of the Social Web to enrich the knowledge about our shared heritage. As a result, republication and the reuse of heritage will be enhanced, and thus its value is increased.
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