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On Complexity of GLAMs’ Digital Ecosystem: APIs as Change Makers for Opening up Knowledge

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This paper explores the role of Application Programming Interface, (API), in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector, and reflects on its role for opening up cultural digital heritage for inclusive future memory making. It also discusses possibilities of a participatory API ecosystem, going beyond high quality metadata and data interoperability. APIs are often seen as facilitators for opening up knowledge, but when it comes to future memory making, little is known with regards to the power relations that are constructed within the digital ecosystem and how does this influence the interplay. The paper proposes a contribution towards this domain, critically exploring aspects that are facilitating or hindering people’s participation for enabling future collective memory making.

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This work is part of the POEM (Participatory Memory Practices) project and has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 764859. I would like to thank Prof. Dr. Gertraud Koch, Cassandra Kist, Jennifer Krueckeberg and Quoc-Tan Tran for insightful conversations on drafts of this paper. Also, I would like to thank Sophia Mirashrafi for reviewing this paper.

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Tzouganatou, A. (2021). On Complexity of GLAMs’ Digital Ecosystem: APIs as Change Makers for Opening up Knowledge. In: Rauterberg, M. (eds) Culture and Computing. Design Thinking and Cultural Computing. HCII 2021. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 12795. Springer, Cham.

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