Migrating People, Migrating Data: Digital Approaches to Migrant Heritage

Paul Arthur, Jason Ensor, M. van Faassen, Rik Hoekstra, Nonja Peters

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Migrants all over the world have left multiple traces in different countries and this cultural heritage is of growing interest for researchers and the migrant community alike. Cultural heritage institutions, however, have dwindling funds and resources to meet this demand. In this article we propose that the key to bridge this gap is to be found in the use of new possibilities in digital collection exploration and resource linking. Building a composite and distributed resource around the migrant's life courses can connect dispersed collections of heritage institutions, provide the community with detailed data about their families and researchers with serial and qualitative data for sophisticated and innovative research. We begin with the Dutch-Australian collaborative project ‘Migrant, Mobilities and Connection’ as a use case and propose that in using this life course-centered methodology may develop into a migration heritage template for migrants worldwide.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


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