As with many other domains, cultural heritage has entered an age in which “the digital” is having an indelible and unavoidable impact on research, teaching, public engagement, and scholarly communication. Among the greatest challenges cultural heritage scholars and practitioners face is how to envision and execute digital projects that are both deeply collaborative and interdisciplinary. Embracing a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to digital cultural heritage greatly increases overall impact of the work (especially beyond traditional audiences), brings perspectives that are not siloed within one disciplinary community, and bridges diverse communities of practice. Despite these obvious benefits, collaboration (especially within an interdisciplinary context) isn’t an easy thing to accomplish.
This talk focuses on the challenge of collaboration and interdisciplinarity within the context of digital cultural heritage. By focusing on several exemplar projects, this talk suggests a loose collection of best practices that cultural heritage scholars and practitioners can embrace when building digital cultural heritage projects. Ultimately, the talk seeks to argue that interdisciplinarity and collaboration should be at the core of any good digital cultural heritage project, not at the periphery.