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Retelling the past using new technologies : a case study into the digitization of social work heritage material and the creation of a virtual exhibition

Daly, Ellen and Ballantyne, Neil (2009) Retelling the past using new technologies : a case study into the digitization of social work heritage material and the creation of a virtual exhibition. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 27 (1). pp. 44-56. ISSN 1522-8835

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Abstract

This article explains the rationale for the digitization of social work heritage material and the virtualization of an archived nondigital museum exhibit constructed by a Scottish Museum of Social Work. The project involved the "virtualization" of an existing social work museum exhibition on the migration of 'Home Children' from Scotland to Canada in the late 19th and early 20th century and the digital preservation of historical assets (both text and images) held by the contemporary social care organization involved in the migration of the children. This article discusses best practice in the preservation of historical assets, the methodology and technology used in the creation of the multimedia version of the exhibition, and the complexities of negotiating intellectual property rights in the transition from historical artifacts to new digital works.