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Published on Aug 26, 2012
Today's new forms of publication, access, and even preservation are challenging the traditional role of the curator as gatekeeper to culture. The University of Maine's first Digital Curation course, DIG 500 ("Introduction to Digital Curation"), launches online in September 2012. This is a sample video from the first week that introduces students to the politics of curating in the Internet age.
The eleven-minute roundtable includes commentary from art historian Justin Wolff, special librarian and archivist Richard Hollinger, and former Guggenheim curator Jon Ippolito.
Roundtable participants discuss the shifting relationship between curatorship and authority, the benefits and drawbacks of crowdsourcing metadata or exhibition selections, the pre-digital history of the dispersal of curatorial authority, and how democratizing technologies can best serve minority communities.