A conceptual model to increase the visibility and usage of cultural heritage objects: The case of UNESCO's Memory of the World list


DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP IN THE HUMANITIES, vol.36, no.1, pp.16-31, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 36 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/llc/fqz091
  • Page Numbers: pp.16-31


Cultural heritage connects the past with the future by forming an integral part of the identities of societies. Thus, countries must protect their cultural heritage and create policies to ensure that people benefit today and pass the heritage on to future generations. Beyond physical protection in the face of globalization, increasing access to cultural heritage is necessary to ensure participation and evaluate practices from an international perspective. Advances in computer and communication technologies are being exploited for these requirements. Acquiring knowledge about and interacting with cultural objects in any part of the world today is possible through the digital humanitiesapproach. Inthis study, aconceptualmodelwas formedto increase visibility and usage of Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research InstituteManuscripts, the Hittite cuneiform tablets from Bogazkoy, the works of Ibn Sina at the Suleymaniye Manuscript Library, Evliya Celebi's 'Book of Travels', and the Old AssyrianMerchant Archives of Kultepe registered in UNESCO's Memory of theWorld List. In thismodel, whichispreparedwiththedigitalhumanitiesapproach, bestpracticesappliedinthefield are considered as examples in the literature. Suggestions are made on how to utilize digital humanities tools to increase access and visibility by revealing the economic, social, and cultural values of the works based on the model.