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Co-Creation’s Role in Digital Public Archaeology

  • Elizabeth Bollwerk (a1)
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Simon (2010:187) notes that the purpose of co-creative community projects is “to give voice and be responsive to the needs and interests of local community members; to provide a place for community engagement and dialogue; and to help participants develop skills that will support their own individual and community goals.” This paper explores the role that co-creation currently plays in digital public archaeology and discusses how co-creative methods can inform broader archaeological digital engagement efforts. It begins by placing co-creation in its proper context in order to demonstrate its unique characteristics, its value, and how it complicates approaches used in other types of archaeological engagement projects, such as Open Access initiatives. The discussion then turns to evaluating its impact and the broader need to measure success in digital public engagement projects. A discussion of research from the archaeology and the cultural heritage sectors provides examples of evaluation metrics and methods for assessing digital public archaeology projects. The paper concludes by suggesting that all digital engagement projects can benefit from incorporating some of the principles that are inherently part of co-creative methods but that not all archaeological digital engagement projects should strive to be completely co-creative.

Simon (2010:187) señala que, “el propósito de los proyectos comunitarios en colaboración es el de “dar voz y ser sensible a las necesidades e intereses de los miembros de la comunidad local; proveer un espacio de participación y diálogo a la comunidad; y ayudar a los participantes a desarrollar habilidades que les permitan lograr sus metas individuales y comunitarias”. Este trabajo explora el papel que juega actualmente la creación en colaboración en la arqueología pública digital y discute como sus métodos amplían los esfuerzos del compromiso arqueológico digital. Este mismo comienza ubicando a la creación en colaboración en su propio contexto para demonstrar sus características únicas, su valor, y cómo dificulta los enfoques utilizados en otros tipos de proyectos de participación arqueológica, tales como las iniciativas de Acceso Abierto. Habiendo demostrado el significado de la creación en colaboración, la discusión se torna hacia la evaluación de su impacto y en un sentido más amplio medir el éxito de los proyectos de participación pública digital. Una discusión académica desde la arqueología y los sectores del patrimonio cultural proveen indicadores y métodos de evaluación para la revisión de los proyectos de arqueología pública digital. Este trabajo concluye, sugiriendo que todos los proyectos de participación pueden beneficiarse de la incorporación de algunos principios inherentes a los métodos de creación en colaboración, pero que no todos los proyectos de participación en arqueología digital deben esforzarse para lograr ser completamente de creación en colaboración.

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