“DIGITAL HERITAGE” THEORY AND INNOVATIVE PRACTICE
- Tsinghua Heritage Institute for Digitization, Beijing 100085, China
Keywords: Digital heritage, cultural heritage, digitization, innovative practice, “Digital Yuanmingyuan”
Abstract. “Digital heritage”, as defined in this paper, is the integration of cultural heritage with digitization technology (“cultural heritage + digitization”), and of digital knowledge with research. It includes not only the three conventional aspects of cultural heritage digitization—digital collection and documentation, digital research and information management, digital presentation and interpretation—but also the creation and innovative use/application of the digital content (cultural heritage intellectual property/IP, experiential education, cultural tourism, film and media). Through analysis of two case studies, the Palazzo Valentini in Rome, Italy, and the Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) in Beijing, China, the paper assesses the concept of “digital heritage” and proposes a conceptual framework to capture recent developments and future prospects with regard to the industry.