Papers: What is memory on the Web?

Thursday, April 04, 2019: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Back Bay AB

Chair: Haitham Eid

Everything Old is New Again
- Wes Lindamood, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, USA
Evergreen content is a myth. The constant evolution of the web and development of our audiences demands a fresh look at even our most popular and revered web and physical sites. Based on a case study of the reinvention of the core web property at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and looking forward to upcoming revitalization of its core exhibition, this paper explores the new opportunities created by placing audiences and visitors at the center of digital practices.

Paradigm Shift: Museums of Mexico
- Vania Ramírez Islas, Ministry of Culture, Mexico
The use of digital technologies in museums has modified some of these institutions’ intrinsic processes, such as registering works, public outreach, and the way collections are represented on the Internet. This latter field is perhaps the one that offers the greatest possibilities and that ultimately demands the greatest reflection; a digital output of collections entails a new way of conceiving of their organization, access, and dissemination. Giving digital tools to these spaces is an optimal complement for interpretation, because they contribute information germane to researchers and educators. For this reason, in the Museos de México (Museums of Mexico) project, it was necessary in Mexican museums on the Internet.

The Digital Presence of Museums and the Implications for Collective Memory
- Carla Everstijn, Kent State University, USA
This study presents the results of interviews with cultural heritage professionals about their expectations for user participation and their institutions’ role in shaping collective memory. Cultural heritage professionals place high priority on creating the digital experience of their museums, and museum websites have exceeded the status of being mere representatives of their physical counterparts. Far from being secondary to the physical institutions they represent, cultural heritage websites are experiences in and of themselves. Through digital-only resources and experiences, cultural heritage professionals are making possible a “visit” not replicable in the physical museum.