1. University of Virginia
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Cultural and Linguistic Preservation: Museums and Digital Archives

Members of the UVa Anthropology faculty are leaders in the field of preserving cultural and linguistic material for purposes of research and public service. In addition to curating such material ourselves we explore the possibilities and limitations of various forms of storage and dissemination, both in traditional institutions like museums and in emerging ones like digital archives and online exhibits, which can enhance research by allowing users to access information remotely and to perform complex queries. We also investigate issues of identity and representation that arise in the interpretation of cultural material for diverse audiences, and we seek to understand how scholarly analytic perspectives on cultural material may differ from or align with those of local communities, who are now so often among those preservation work will involve and address.