Beyond the Animations: A Sustainable Living Digital Heritage Archive

Narissa Timbery
Assistant Lecturer, Digital Equity & Digital Transformation Group (DEDT), Department of Human-Centred Computing (HCC) and PhD Candidate

This project explores the creation of a sustainable living digital heritage archive, using the Monash Country Lines Archives’ virtual 3D models as a case study. It addresses the following research questions:

  • What are the design requirements for the creation of a sustainable living digital heritage archive that respects Aboriginal knowledge, cultural protocols and community archiving requirements?
  • How far is the MCLA an exemplar of a digital heritage archive?
  • What is the most appropriate framework for a digital heritage archive?

Anticipated research outcomes include a deeper understanding of how to respectfully represent Aboriginal knowledge, cultural protocols and community archiving requirements when creating a sustainable living digital heritage archive. The project will produce a suite of protocols and guidelines including documentation protocols for a sustainable living digital heritage archive. It will identify culturally unique and appropriate representation of objects that could become part of the archive. The research is an exemplar for the use of yarning as a method of data collection and data analysis in information systems research, and contribute to further development of yarning methodology.