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Friday, August 29, 2008

A cultural heritage repository for Malaysia

Zuraidah Abd Manaf, Establishing the national digital cultural heritage repository in Malaysia, Library Review, 57, 7 (2008) pp. 537 - 548.    Only this abstract is free online, at least so far:

Purpose The purpose of this study is to uncover the perceptions of information professionals with regards to the establishment of a National Digital Cultural Heritage Repository Center (NDCHR) in Malaysia.

Design/methodology/approach This study adopts a modified Delphi study to identify the factors that contribute towards the establishment of an NDCHR in Malaysia. A three-round modified Delphi study was used in this study to obtain consensus among the experts with regards to the factors that contribute towards the establishment of the central repository.

Findings The establishment of an NDCHR requires collaboration efforts among the different types of cultural institution in Malaysia. The aspiration of the establishment to improve accessibility, resource discovery, preservation and promotion of the nation's cultural heritage information would contribute toward restructuring some common grounds and thinking among the different types of cultural institutions with respect to effective approaches to managing and organising the nation's digital cultural heritage information.

Practical implications Findings and discovery of the study are significant in providing a general framework to establish an NDCHR in Malaysia.

Originality/value The outcome of the study will contribute toward the establishment of a central repository for digital cultural heritage information in Malaysia.