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Giving Diligence Its Due: Accessing Digital Images in Indigenous Repatriation Efforts

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Art History, College of Arts, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2X3, Canada
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School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland, UK
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Heritage 2019, 2(2), 1260-1273; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage2020081
Received: 18 February 2019 / Revised: 12 April 2019 / Accepted: 22 April 2019 / Published: 27 April 2019
An increasing volume of images is available online, but barriers such as digital locks, proprietary interests and narrow scope of information uploaded to image databases maintain structures that have impeded repatriation efforts in the real world. Images of objects (cultural material) in the digital environment support cultural heritage. Institutions are developing complex solutions relevant in the network environment to further repatriation initiatives. These solutions facilitate discovery, opening avenues for research into the ethics of ownership that cross the physical/digital divide. There have been calls for strengthening the potential for use of pertinent information in order to protect and recover cultural heritage through increased visibility. However, some museums still limit access to images. We examine the issues and their implications referencing case studies specific to Indigenous, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. View Full-Text
Keywords: digital images; indigenous cultural material; copyright; repatriation; provenance; heritage; knowledge mobilization; archives; repositories digital images; indigenous cultural material; copyright; repatriation; provenance; heritage; knowledge mobilization; archives; repositories
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Douglas, S.; Hayes, M. Giving Diligence Its Due: Accessing Digital Images in Indigenous Repatriation Efforts. Heritage 2019, 2, 1260-1273. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage2020081

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Douglas S, Hayes M. Giving Diligence Its Due: Accessing Digital Images in Indigenous Repatriation Efforts. Heritage. 2019; 2(2):1260-1273. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage2020081

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Douglas, Susan; Hayes, Melanie. 2019. "Giving Diligence Its Due: Accessing Digital Images in Indigenous Repatriation Efforts" Heritage 2, no. 2: 1260-1273. https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage2020081

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