In the hands of the user: changing patterns of participation and learning through the digital collections of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
Dr Sian Bayne, Edinburgh University
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS)
Within a context of recent and rapid alteration in authorship and participation practices on the internet, the project will investigate how new online media environments are changing the way users engage with, and learn from, the collections of cultural institutions. Basing the study on the online education and outreach activities of RCAHMS, the project will explore the role of users in contributing to the public online presence of cultural institutions, the ways in which users might contribute to the ‘making’ and ‘unmaking’ of public archives, and the ways in which a global public learns and constructs meaning from institutions’ digital collections. The project will also investigate how new online media environments challenge and might change the curatorial and outreach responsibilities of museums, galleries and archives, with a view to making recommendations to inform future policy and practice in RCAHMS.