(Re)collections: developing a metadata application profile for the Quinkan Culture Matchbox

Lissonnet, Sophie (2004) (Re)collections: developing a metadata application profile for the Quinkan Culture Matchbox. Masters (Research) thesis, James Cook University.

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The Quinkan community has chosen to use online technology to repatriate some of the widely dispersed content that forms part of its culture. Metadata about resources can be aggregated without the need to aggregate resources. Dublin Core (qualified), with its focus of resource discovery, has been chosen as one of the building blocks of the ‘virtual cultural institution’, the Quinkan Matchbox. Some of the resources to be repatriated are not yet identified. Others have been described according to a great variety of guidelines or to suit a variety of purposes. This research takes advantage of the modularity and extensibility of the Dublin Core architecture to develop a unifying metadata application profile (MAP) to describe the content of the Quinkan Matchbox. The profile must support the importation of records produced by a variety of intellectual communities with tolerable levels of loss. It must also reflect the Quinkan community’s view of cultural heritage, possibly through the addition of local usage elements, element refinements and vocabularies. The building of the Quinkan Matchbox is informed by the differing Western and Indigenous views on heritage. It places the preservation of Indigenous heritage through online networks and multi-media technology in the context of cultural globalisation, control over intellectual property and traditional modes of transmission of cultural knowledge. The design of a composite profile follows the Aggregation, Rationalisation, Harmonisation (ARH) framework (Currie et al., 2002). Following a review of a number of metadata standards used in the cultural heritage community, the draft application profile is assembled by aggregating, then rationalising metadata elements from Dublin Core with elements from other metadata element sets. Cataloguing of existing resources is used to test the MAP’s ability to accommodate the cataloguing practices of organisations holdings records of interest to the Quinkan community and to adjust the design of the profile in order to minimise loss or distortion. It is suggested that specialised, more granular MAPs could be developed to support specific purposes. The lack of insider’s knowledge of the culture profiled makes it difficult to evaluate whether the local refinements and vocabularies introduced reflects the contours and relief of the Quinkan cultural landscape. In the end, the MAP is to be regarded as one component of a large assembly of technical infrastructure, legal agreements and human resources that still remain to be built, validated and staffed. The relevance and usefulness of the Quinkan Matchbox as a cultural tool will be fully realised if it can be woven into cultural practices and assist the community in affirming its sense of identity.

Item ID: 1135
Item Type: Thesis (Masters (Research))
Keywords: Quinkan community, Virtual cultural institution, Quinkan Matchbox, Dublin Core, Metadata application profile, MAP, Preservation of Indigenous heritage through online networks and multi-media technology, Cultural globalisation, Intellectual property, Traditional modes of transmission of cultural knowledge, Aggregation, rationalisation, harmonisation framework
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2006
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies @ 0%
08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0806 Information Systems > 080612 Interorganisational Information Systems and Web Services @ 0%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210201 Archival, Repository and Related Studies @ 0%
08 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 0806 Information Systems > 080610 Information Systems Organisation @ 0%
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