DigiCONFLICT presented project results to hundreds of scholars, professionals and practitioners from all around the world at the conference Digital Technology and Heritage: Challenges and Issues

DigiCONFLICT Project Leader Gil Pasternak represented the consortium in delivering one of the event’s plenary talks on the opening panel “Digitization and Patrimonialization: A Critical Approach”. The panel focused on critical approaches to the patrimonialization of assets via digital technology as a means to explore ways to reduce interpretation biases. The DigiCONFLICT talk explored interplays of digital literacy, heritage protection laws and subjective perception in the process of digital patrimonialization as biases that condition the creation, realization, efficacy and therefore the interpretation of digital heritage assets. Held online on 11-12 March 2021, the conference Digital Technology and Heritage: Challenges and Issues was organized by the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche – ANR), Joint Programming Initiatives Cultural Heritage (Horizon 2020) and the French Ministry of Culture to create an opportunity for scientific exchange on the current challenges facing the digitization of heritage and the new possibilities offered by digital tools for the production and dissemination of knowledge. Drawing on three of DigiCONFLICT’s case studies, the consortium’s contribution to the event identified the biases of digital literacy, heritage protection laws and subjective perception as particularly disruptive in the context of community-related digital patrimonialization initiatives. It therefore advocated the necessity for heritage professionals and policymakers to invest more resources in tackling these challenges with a view to increasing the trust of communities in the heritage sector’s ability to digitally transmit their heritage into the future.

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