Presentation in International Symposium on Evaluating Digital Cultural Resources (EDCR 2016) of the Scottish Network on Digital Cultural Resources Evaluation.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow
This presentation discussed all issues that need to be addressed by practitioners of digital cultural heritage collections -regardless if they come from museums, archives or libraries- inside a methodological framework. It was engaged with the theme ‘Evaluating impact and use of digital cultural resources (methodologies, approaches and issues)’ and by putting critical issues on a grid of thoughts and ideas it aimed to enable all practitioners sort out key concepts and have some aids for deciding upon future activities. These issues were discussed on the light of recent developments in the evaluation of cultural heritage collections, while there were references to state-of-the-art works of the previous years as well. The construction of this grid was based on robust models for digital library evaluation, that try to disentangle all relevant concepts around evaluation, most of which, including usage, attention, impact and value, are often used interchangeably. The primary aim was to have a common understanding of what is essentially needed for the various stages of the evaluation of digital cultural heritage collections.