• Natasja Eulers
Speciale, Kandidatuddannelsen
Through the study of people’s usage of digital cultural heritage, this thesis seeks to examine the correspondence between the Danish Ministry of Culture’s reasoning behind the digitisation of cultural heritage and people’s needs for exposure to cultural heritage in digital form in an everyday life context.

The thesis begins with a brief explanation of the concepts of both cultural heritage and digital cultural heritage. Relevant reports from the Danish Ministry of Culture are then examined in order to shed light on the reasoning behind the digitisation of cultural heritage from an availability and dissemination perspective. The examined reports suggest that the reasoning behind the digitisation of cultural heritage is largely based on the idea that digital platforms in themselves offer cultural institutions more and better possibilities with regards to availability, dissemination and the encouragement of more active user participation.

Based primarily on Reijo Savolainen’s framework for the study of everyday life information practices and everyday life information seeking, the thesis takes the shape of an exploratory study designed to examine people’s usages of digital cultural heritage in the context of their everyday life. By means of a questionnaire survey as well as three in-depth interviews, it is investigated whether people actually use digital cultural heritage as information sources, how they use it and which everyday life contexts they use it in.

The findings of the study suggest that many people do in fact use digital cultural heritage as information sources and that they use it in several ways and everyday life contexts. The findings also suggest, however, that most people only use digital cultural heritage to a small extent. This is seen as being due to a variety of reasons, most of all perceived unavailability and lack of a clear purpose.

Comparing the findings of the study to the Danish Ministry of Culture’s reasoning behind the digitisation of cultural heritage, the thesis concludes that there is indeed a correspondence between this reasoning and the actual usage of cultural heritage as information sources. However, until cultural institutions begin to make better use of the described possibilities for availability, dissemination and the encouragement of more active user participation, it is unlikely that digital cultural heritage will be used by as many people or to the same extent as intended by the Danish Ministry of Culture.
SprogDansk
Udgivelsesdato31 jul. 2017
Antal sider74

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  • Digital kulturarv, Digital tilgængeliggørelse, Digital formidling, Informationspraksis, Everyday Life Information Seeking, ELIS