• Signe Helms Ratjen
Speciale, Kandidatuddannelsen
This master thesis studies the relations between digitalization and archival documents in a cultural memory perspective.
Digitized cultural artefacts are widely available on the internet and digital portals. They are part of cultural memory practices when being used, shared and carried on to the next generations.
The digitalization process of documents are not a neutral, technical transfer from analog to digital as the perception changes and consequently the meaning changes. Given this fact, the aim of the thesis is a result of wondering why digitalized archival documents affect the way the past is perceived and understood.
Through four interviews, I examine how concrete projects of digitalization and dissemination of archival records are carried out. The findings form the structure of the analysis by five trends that derived from the empirical research.
The findings show, among other factors, how digitization of cultural heritage results in new practices, tools and digital arenas that reconfigure and reinterpret not only the collections, but also the memory institutions themselves as well as the roles they respectively play on a societal level.
The past is perceived in a contemporary frame and thus becomes transient when interpreted in the present moment.
Cultural heritage institutions, including the archives, are redefined in their development of digitized document collections and hence undergoing a transition from stasis to motion.
Udgivelsesdato2 mar. 2015
Antal sider75
Udgivende institutionDet Informationsvidenskabelige Akademi


  • erindring, digitalisering, digital tilgængeliggørelse, arkivalier, arkiver