Documentary Heritage

The Heritage Studies research of documentary heritage lies at the intersection of culture, humanities and information science.

Its focus is on the use of digital technologies for the preservation, dissemination and accessibility of cultural treasures / cultural property / cultural heritage.

Documentary heritage belongs to the UNESCO Programme, Memory of the World (MoW) and is one of the three most important programmes for the protection of heritage.

In this programme, important documents from all walks of life are appreciated, enabling people to form collective memories of history and thereby strengthen their collective identities. The research focus of the MoW Programme deals with questions of digitalisation, long-term archiving and sustainable accessibility, and with the technical and cultural consequences of the use of information technologies. Thus, the research of IHS in this area aims at an interdisciplinary networking of cultural studies and humanities with information technology.

The development of this focus, in particular the research for the MoW Programme, is another first of the IHS since this programme was previously not sustainably implemented in either research or dissemination. The first scientific publication within the MoW programme has been published in 2019 and edited by Ray Edmondson, Lothar Jordan and Anca Prodan within the IHS Series Heritage Studies.


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