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Migration Experiences: Acknowledging the Past, and Sustaining the Present and Future

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Australia is recognised as one of the world’s most culturally and ethnically diverse nations. Immigration has historically played an important role in the nation’s economic, social and cultural development. There is a pressing need to find innovative technological and archival approaches to deal with the challenge to digitally preserve Australia’s migrant heritage, especially given the ageing of the European communities that were the first to come under the postwar mass migration scheme. This paper reports on plans for a national collaborative project to develop the foundational infrastructure for a dynamic, interoperable, migrant data resource for research and education.

The Migration Experiences platform will connect and consolidate heterogeneous collections and resources and will provide an international exemplar underscoring the importance of digital preservation of cultural heritage and highlighting the opportunities new technologies can offer. The platform will widen the scope and range of the interpretative opportunities for researchers, and foster international academic relationships and networks involving partner organisations (universities, libraries, museums, archives and genealogical institutions). In doing so, it will contribute to better recognition and deeper understanding of the continuing role played by immigrants in Australia’s national story.


Arthur, Paul Longley, Marijke van Faassen, Rik Hoekstra, Nadezhda Povroznik, Lydia Hearn, and Nonja Peters. “Migration Experiences: Acknowledging the Past, and Sustaining the Present and Future.” In Digital Heritage – Progress in Cultural Heritage: Documentation, Preservation, and Protection (Proceedings of the 7th International EuroMed Conference), edited by Marinos Ioannides, Eleanor Fink, Raffaella Brumana, Petros Patias, Anastasios Doulamis, João Martins, and Manolis Wallace, 224–34. Nicosia, Cyprus, October 29–November 3, 2018. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 11197. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-030-01765-1_25.


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Paul Arthur is Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Research Fellow and Chair in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. He speaks and publishes widely on major challenges and changes facing 21st-century society, from the global impacts of technology on communication, culture and identity