Folklore collections in digital form: popular culture, ethnographic research and analysis in the internet era
(Academy of Athens)
Aikaterini Polymerou-Kamilaki (Academy of Athens)
Paper short abstract:
Aspects that call for closer investigation of ICT are the ways in which the digital daily “creation” motivates people, as well as its relationship or interaction with the production of digital applications on the part of institutional players.
Paper long abstract:
In the digital era, archival documentation of popular culture items is transformed with the aid of digital technology capabilities. Popular expression and personal creation find their way into the digital media, which in turn are creations of powerful institutions, for the operation of which governments and business giants are mobilized, creating and maintaining huge infrastructures. Seeing the Internet as a tool embedded in existing social spaces, relationships and structures, and taking into account that the form and function of folk practices and events is mediated through digital technology (Internet, social networks), the ethnographic research into how ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) are perceived and ultimately used in practice is of particular importance for the study of contemporary culture. More specifically, questions such as the ways in which the digital daily "creation" motivates people, as well as its relationship or interaction with the production of digital applications on the part of institutional players are issues that call for further investigation. Examples of recent works implemented by the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre, Academy of Athens on on-line collecting platforms, web-based databases and applications for using folklore collections in digital form, will be briefly commented upon.
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