In 1995, an Australian government plan for digital innovation highlighted some exciting possibilities that lay ahead for the cultural sector. Access to collections would be ‘simplified’ through the creation of an ‘Electronic Smithsonian’-a portal to bring together the holdings of national cultural institutions: For the user this home page access will be like walking electronically down an avenue of all our major museums or galleries. Digital technologies continue to offer a beguiling vision of universal access. Everyone, everywhere will be able to find and use our cultural collections. Using digital technologies, gallery, library, archive and museum (GLAM) institutions can expose the vast number of collection items that will never make it into physical exhibitions. Likewise, Institutional authority can give way to new modes of collaboration, as demonstrated by the growing proliferation of online crowdsourcing projects in the cultural heritage domain. Australian GLAM institutions generally recognise that access to Indigenous cultural collections should be subject to community consultation and control.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites|
|Editors||Hannah Lewi, Wally Smith, Dirk vom Lehn, Steven Cooke|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2019|