Survey on researchers requirements and practices towards Cultural Heritage institutions: Documentation and analysis

Abstract : Arts and Humanities research is mainly based on the analysis of " human traces "-such as artefacts, pieces of art, written documents, audio and video recordings, photographs, etc. – that are most of the time preserved by Cultural Heritage Institutions (or CHIs). To preserve, study and promote these objects, an increasing number of heterogeneous digital data is produced by CHIs, but also by Arts and Humanities scholars themselves. For instance, digital Cultural Heritage data include natively digital documents (like qualitative or quantitative datasets, digital photographs, transcriptions, etc.), digitized resources of all kind (such as scanned texts, digitized images or 3D models, etc.), but also attached metadata, annotation or further enrichments. In this regard, access to high quality Cultural Heritage data and metadata is essential to ensure high quality research in Arts and Humanities. Data sharing is indeed a key issue in the future development of Digital Humanities. According to this vision, enabling access to and promoting the reuse of Cultural Heritage data are thus crucial to create new collaboration and new research, facilitate the development of an open publishing environment for Arts and Humanities research, and reinforce the adoption of digital methods and workflows amongst researchers. However, in their relations with CHI, scholars seem always facing the same recurring problem: « There is no generally valid rule as to how they can quote, duplicate and furthermore republish in their scholarly work2 ». This situation is clearly a hindrance for both CHIs and scholars, to develop new research on the one hand, and on the other to gain visibility. It is now essential to tackle this issue by providing a clear and comprehensive framework that enables interactions between CHIs and Arts and Humanities scholars.
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Dorian Seillier, Anne Baillot, Marie Puren, Charles Riondet. Survey on researchers requirements and practices towards Cultural Heritage institutions: Documentation and analysis. [Technical Report] Inria Paris. 2017. ⟨hal-01562860⟩

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