Diversity and Cultural Translation in Digital Museums

Lightning Talk
Keun Young Kim, National Museum of Korea, Korea

Enhancement of digital machines, Web 2.0 technology and information system have been regarded as signals of opening up a new phase in the museum field. As the expectation on museums as places of multiple voice and community embracement are increasing, those tools have been extensively and diversely used as a means to overcome former spatial and temporal limitation of physical museums and display, and bring up freedom and equal opportunity to a large number of diverse museums. As a result, a great deal of works has been done in creating digital museums and exhibitions as well as to transforming and accumulating digital data which is converted from physical artifact. However, discrepancies emerged when those digital museums and collection tried to successfully engage with high number of different audiences: cultural data had to become more generalized, standardized and even fractionalized.
In this Lightning Talk, I intend to raise the issue of diversity in digital museums, particularly focusing on the practices in digital museums as cultural translation.

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Enhancement of digital machines, Web 2.0 technology and information system have been regarded as signals of opening up a new phase in the museum field. As the expectation on museums as places of multiple voice and community embracement are increasing, those tools have been extensively and diversely used as a means to overcome former spatial and temporal limitation of physical museums and display, and bring up freedom and equal opportunity to a large number of diverse museums. As a result, a great deal of works has been done in creating digital museums and exhibitions as well as to transforming and accumulating digital data which is converted from physical artifact. However, discrepancies emerged when those digital museums and collection tried to successfully engage with high number of different audiences: cultural data had to become more generalized, standardized and even fractionalized. In this Lightning Talk, I intend to raise the issue of diversity in digital museums, particularly focusing on the practices in digital museums as cultural translation.