Working in the digital contact zone. The digital sharing portal for Roald Amundsen’s Gjoa Haven collection
In this article a story of digital sharing is told. The focus is on a collection
of traditional Inuit material culture brought together on King William Island
over 22 months in 1903–1905 by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. Today,
shared interest in and concern for this collection centres the collaboration between
the Nattilik Heritage Centre in Gjoa Haven, Arctic Canada, and the Museum
of Cultural History in Oslo, Norway. A digital sharing portal launched in 2017
sets out to realise the space and framework for crucial collaborative practices
concerning knowledge sharing and access to the material. The article discusses this
process, using Clifford’s perspectives on the contact zone (1997) as an intake to
discuss the construction and practice of this digital sharing site.
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