Cultural Property on Google Maps – pros and cons
After reading Shelly Drummond-Demolli’s Jan 26 , 2011 Publore post on heritage mapping it got me thinking a bit.
There have been some new great uses of the Internet for teaching about and displaying digital cultural heritage materials. For example, the work done by folklorist Dale Jarvis using twitter, google maps, and iPhones to share this kind of material has been very popular, both with communities wanting a presence and tourists and voyeurs looking to get a real sense of place.
But I wonder about cultural property issues with this type of global transmission. Most trained ethnographers will make sure they have permission (release forms) to distribute cultural property before it goes online, but how do we ensure that all material is reviewed by stakeholders and vetted?
I like the open source Content Management System (CMS), Mukurtu, developed by Kim Christen and her colleagues for letting communities/users control who can access digital cultural materials. But it is not as easy to customize and populate a CMS as it is to create and link to digital cultural heritage on a “google my map” and requires community/stakeholder involvement and review of materials, and significantly more funding.
I’d love to hear what you think!
Dale Jarvis speaks about the art of storytelling on the world wide web: http://www.voicesofthepast.org/2009/08/10/podcast-dale-jarvis-on-the-art-of-storytelling-on-the-world-wide-web/
Google my maps tutorial video: http://doodledaddle.blogspot.com/2011/01/google-my-maps-tutorial-video.html