Convergence and Cultural Institutions
Question the collection practices at galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Unpack their strengths and weaknesses. Analyse how these cultural institutions are impacted by globalisation, mass digitisation and crowd-sourced metadata.
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- 31 May 2021
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- evaluate conceptions of heritage and apply them in culturally competent ways
- examine similarities and differences between cultural institutions and organizations
- describe and compare current implementations of convergence in Australia and internationally
- plan and design a converged digital collection.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
No special requirements
This subject examine the key similarities, differences and collaborations between cultural institutions such as galleries, libraries, archives, museums and records, particularly with respect to the management of and access to collections online. Discuss common strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and options for planning of these, within 'memory' or 'collecting' institutions. Investigate the influence on these institutions of local history, the heritage industry, Australian digital initiatives, publishing and broadcasting, globalisation, mass digitisation, crowd-sourced metadata, social inclusion and indigenous knowledge.
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- Exercise (25%)
- Essay (25%)
- Project (50%)
Current study term: 30 May 21 to 29 Aug 21
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