Intangible cultural heritage webs: Comparing national networks with digital methods

Abstract : The 2003 Unesco Convention for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) is addressed to States and assigns them several tasks. No State, however, can accomplish all these tasks without mobilizing a wide network of institutions, associations and individuals. The national ICH policies intersect, overlap and often transform the existing relationships among these actors. This paper aims at comparing several national networks (France, Italy, Switzerland) involved in the implementation of the 2003 Unesco Convention in order to highlight national trends and specificities. The analysis will employ an innovative methodology based on digital methods and aimed at exploring the landscapes of websites dedicated to the intangible heritage. Analyzing the hyperlinking strategies of ICH actors, we will identify the specific web topology of each nation, showing which actors are central and peripheral, whether clusters or cliques are formed and who plays the roles of authority and hub.
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Marta Severo, Tommaso Venturini. Intangible cultural heritage webs: Comparing national networks with digital methods. New Media and Society, SAGE Publications, 2015, ⟨10.1177/1461444814567981⟩. ⟨hal-01672305⟩

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