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Open Museum of the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica (1): Knowledge Translation, Anthropology, and Digital Exhibitions

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Project identifier AS-ASCDC-110-206
Conducted by Institute of Ethnology
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Overview

How to translate academic knowledge in the digital world has become a new challenge nowadays. For anthropologists, it is also our social responsibility to present research outcomes, including fieldwork and theoretical advancements, to facilitate exchanges with various communities. In recent years, the Museum of the Institute of Ethnology (MIOE) in Academia Sinica has worked on several special exhibitions and collaborative exhibits to present its collections and research results to the public in more welcoming and audience-engaging ways. This project explores potential ways to transform and reconstruct some of those exhibits into digital format, to make the best use of their contents, data, and research, and furthermore, to extend and add value through re-creation and new applications.

The "Open Museum" online platform developed by the Academia Sinica Center for Digital Cultures (ASCDC) provides a high quality, user-friendly digital toolset for the curation of digital exhibition. This project plans to transform some of MIOE's earlier exhibits into Open Museum exhibits in three years. In the first year of the project (2021), we will work on four digital exhibits that transcend various localities: "Anthropologists' Money Bag", "Go, Figures!", "Unfaded Splendor", and "What You May Not Know About the Hakka". The digital versions aim to take them to another level: in addition to the original data and structures used in real-life exhibits, the digital version will be able to expand the links with academic publications, the database of MIOE artifacts and image collections, and international collections, some of which were excluded in the original exhibition due to budgetary or spatial constraints. Through the exploration of the digital interface in curation and exhibition, this project looks into the challenge of knowledge translation in digital anthropology. We plan to work closely with ASCDC to develop and experiment with new tools and functions, and at the same time to provide feedback to the team of the ASCDC Open Museum. In addition, we plan to work on both Chinese and English versions of the exhibits. It would help enhance the global visibility of the research achievements of Academia Sinica, and could pave ways for future collaborations.

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