Digital Heritage as Collaborative Process Fostering Partnerships, Engagement and Inclusivity

Main Article Content

Katherine Cook
Genevieve Hill


This paper examines the importance of the process of collaboration and community engagement in developing and applying digital heritage resources. It draws on case studies from the authors’ experiences building partnerships between a university’s anthropology undergraduate program and a provincial museum to teach community-engaged applied digital heritage. The process of creating and using digital technologies in heritage environments were transformative for not only students but also professional archaeologists and communities, highlighting the meaningful engagement and understandings that are developed through collaborative making. However, it also highlighted the challenges facing these types of collaborations, including academic and heritage structures, digital preservation/management, and ethics and inclusivity in digitization projects.


Download data is not yet available.

Article Details

How to Cite
Cook, K., & Hill, G. (2019). Digital Heritage as Collaborative Process: Fostering Partnerships, Engagement and Inclusivity. Studies in Digital Heritage, 3(1), 83–99.
Special Issue "Digital Heritage Technologies: Applications and Impacts"


Abram, Ruth J. (2005) History is as History Does: The Evolution of a Mission-Driven Museum. In Museums and Social Responsibility, edited by Robert R. Janes and Gerald T. Conaty, pp. 19-42. Calgary: University of Calgary Press.

Atalay, Sonya (2012). Community-Based Archaeology: Research with, by and for Indigenous and Local Communities. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.

Atalay, Sonya (2016). Engaging Archaeology: Positivism, Objectivity, and Rigor in Activist Archaeology. In Transforming Archaeology: Activist Practices and Prospects, edited by Sonya Atalay, Lee Rains Clauss, Randall H. McGuire, and John R. Welch, pp. 45-60. New York: Routledge.

Bandy, Joe (2015). What is service learning or community engagement? URL:

Beagrie, Neil (2006). Digital Curation for Science, Digital Libraries, and Individuals. The International Journal of Digital Curation 1: 4-16.

Bonacchi, Chiara (2017). Digital media in public archaeology. In Key Concepts in Public Archaeology, edited by Gabe Moshenska, pp. 60-72. London: UCL Press.

Compton, Beth (2017). Negotiating Authenticity: Engaging with 3D Models and 3D Prints of Archaeological Things. Museum of Ontario Archaeology Blog.

Compton, Mary E., Kimberley Martin, and Ryan Hunt (2017). Where do we go from here? Innovative technologies and heritage engagement with the MakerBus. Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage 6: 49-53.

Cook, Katherine (2017) Public Archaeology In The Age Of Short Contracts In Academia. First Public Archaeology Twitter Conference. URL:

Cook, Katherine and Beth Compton (2018). Canadian Digital Archaeology: On Boundaries and Futures. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 42: 38-45.

Engeström, Jyri. (2005) Why Some Social Network Services Work and Others Don’t—Or: The Case For Object-Centered Sociality. Zengestrom blog. URL:

Fletcher, Amanda, McPherson, Katie, and Vincent Ran (2017). Bridging Victoria. Soundcloud.

Heckadon, Anna E., Kaylynne Sparks, Kayla Hartemink, Yip Van Muijlwijk, Maddy Chater, Tamara Nicole. (2017) Interactive Mapping of Archaeological Sites in Victoria. Epoiesen. URL:

Heffernan, K. (2001). Fundamentals of service learning course construction. RI: Campus Compact, 2-7.

Klein, Phil, Munazza Fatima, Lindsey McEwen, Susanne C. Moser , Deanna Schmidt & Sandra Zupan (2011) Dismantling the Ivory Tower: Engaging Geographers in University–Community Partnerships, Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 35:3, 425-444, DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2011.576337

Klein, T., Goldstein, L., Gangloff, D., Lees, W., Ryzewski, K., Styles, B., & Wright, A. (2018). The Future of American Archaeology: Engage the Voting Public or Kiss Your Research Goodbye! Advances in Archaeological Practice, 6(1), 1-18. doi:10.1017/aap.2017.34

Kroeger, Suzanne (2017a). Bridging Victoria: Experiencing the Exhibit. Royal BC Museum Learning Portal.

Kroeger, Suzanne (2017b). Bridging Victoria: Stories from the Archaeological Past. Royal BC Museum Learning Portal.

Kuh, G.D. (2008). High-impact educational practices: What they are, who has access to them, and why they matter. Association of American Colleges and Universities. Washington, DC.

Marshall, Y. (2002). What Is Community Archaeology? World Archaeology, 34(2), 211-219.

McDavid, Carol (2002). Archaeologies That Hurt; Descendants That Matter: A Pragmatic Approach to Collaboration in the Public Interpretation of African-American Archaeology. World Archaeology, 34(2), 303-314.

Moser, Stephanie, Darren Glazier, James E. Phillips, Lamya Nasser el Nemr Mohammed Saleh Mousa, Rascha Nasr Aiesh, Susan Richardson, Andrew Conner, and Michael Seymour, 2002. Transforming archaeology through practice: strategies for collaborative archaeology and the Community Archaeology Project at Quseir, Egypt, World Archaeology, 23,(2): 220-248.

Phillips, Tim, Roberta Gilchrist, Iain Hewitt, Stephanie Le Scouiller, Darren Booy, and Geoff Cook (2007). Inclusive, Accessible, Archaeology: Good practice guidelines for including disabled students and self-evaluation in archaeological fieldwork training. Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Richards, Julian (2002). Digital Preservation and Access. European Journal of Archaeology 5(3): 343-366.

Simon, Nina (2010). The Participatory Museum. Museum 2.0. URL:

Thiessen, Emily (2017). Reflections on the Bridging Victoria Pop-Up Exhibit. Medium.

Young, Gillian, McCorriston, Jennifer, and Ritchie, Kerry L. (2017). A Model to Incorporate Meaningful Community Engaged Learning Opportunities into Medium. Discussions on University Science Teaching: Proceedings of the Western Conference on Science Education 1. URL: