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Kimberley Schroeder

Publication Date

January 2024


In 2001, Neil Beagrie coined the term, “digital curation” at the Digital Preservation Coalition sponsored conference in London. This new term launched a field of study which has since beenadopted by various disciplines within the sciences and humanities. Cultural heritage organizations like libraries and archives adapted the new field, by refining and formalizing standards and practices of digital curation to cater to their diverse cultural and historical collections. LIS graduate programs have embraced the field of study with rigorous curricula like DigCCurr which trains students in the various aspects of curation and preservation, from metadata standards to selection and appraisal. Meanwhile, museums, often considered nontraditional information organizations, have been slow to adopt digital curation within their museum practice and graduate education. The following review of scholarship on digital curation within museums from 2004 until 2019 reveals that museum professionals and scholars are still struggling with the same challenges of capturing the context, human relationships, and historical significance of their collections with current digital curation practices and standards.


Cultural History | Digital Humanities | Education | Higher Education | History | History of Art, Architecture, and Archaeology | Library and Information Science | Museum Studies

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