ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting
Seattle, WA | October 31 - November 5, 2014
Barriers and Challenges to Virtual Reunification
Monday, Nov. 3, 8:30am
This paper presents challenges and barriers to virtual reunification as
a strategy to represent dispersed ethnographic collections online. The
study draws from the case of Dean C. Worcester’s photos of U.S.
colonial Philippines currently kept in various archives, libraries and
museums. Findings presented are based on two types of qualitative data
sources: two years of archival research in various owning repositories
as well as semi-structured interviews of heritage administrators and
professionals directly responsible for the Worcester photographs. By
examining several repositories and analyzing stakeholders’
pre-reunification concerns, the study examines prevailing challenges of
virtual reunification as an inter-institutional collaborative endeavor.