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Cyberculture, Cultural Asset Management and Ethnohistory

By Seamus Ross


The dynamic nature of the Internet makes it difficult to document and often what you capture is not there in the future, even a few days later, or as in the case of the Internet news service it may be gone within a matter of minutes or hours. This fluidity makes the scientific study of the Internet difficult. The experiments necessary to study it can rarely be repeated and the information it contains and its shape is always changing. Herein lies a parallel between the study of the Internet and its cyberculture and the work of anthropologists studying 'real-world' cultures. As a virtual social and cultural space, the Internet is far richer than the content it contains. This article examines the preservation of cultural assets in cyberspace.

Topics: BH Technological obsolescence, CA Policies and policy development, BC Authenticity and Integrity, DA Copyright and preservation strategies
Year: 2003
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