Digital cultures have become a focal point for contemporary research agendas both in and outside universities. Researchers are interested in how an unprecedented access to knowledge and new connectivities are changing the ways in which we view and experience the world around us.
Museums are no strangers to new information and communication technology, employing them in web applications and databases. However, research can help us to develop innovative digital tools to improve global access to our collections, and explore new ways for museum visitors to experience the collections. Within a changing museological field, where sharing authority and democratizing knowledge about cultural heritage are becoming increasingly important, studying how digital contact zones or digital knowledge networks can facilitate such practices, especially with originating or diasporic communities, are coming to the forefront.
We are interested in research that might focus on how digital technology transforms hierarchies in knowledge, expertise and authority, whether by reinforcing or undermining them, or on the opportunities and threats these technologies offer in terms of enabling broader connectivity.