The New Data Makers: Indigenous Innovations in Cultural Heritage Management

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The creation, protection, organization, and retrieval of knowledge is at the heart of cultural heritage management (Meyer et al. 2007; Silberman 2010). Cultural heritage data, defined here as all forms of coded knowledge, comes in an ever-expanding variety of forms, from dusty notebooks to oral history recordings, museum collection databases, Geographic Information System layer, and material objects to precious traditional way of knowing. Pooled in electronic clouds and oceans, cultural knowledge in the form of data can—and should—make the return migration to nourish descendant communities.

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