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dc.contributor.authorTharani, Karim
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-04T20:40:42Z
dc.date.available2011-08-04T20:40:42Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.citationThe International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.33-46.en
dc.identifier.issn2152-7857
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/378
dc.description.abstractDigital technologies are evolving and new ways of managing, accessing and disseminating information are continuously emerging. Ethnocultural communities with rich intangible cultural her- itage need not be threatened by these developments. Although the rules governing the access of sacred traditions and knowledge in many ethnocultural communities are intricate, digital technologies can be adapted and leveraged to address local needs and constraints. Digital libraries, for example, have the potential to enhance the existing processes of safeguarding oral traditions within non-Western communities in ways that may not have been possible in the past. Unfortunately digital libraries, particularly in the West, have been stigmatized as tools for unrestricted access transcending space and time. This is a fundamental barrier for leaders of non-Western communities wishing to digitally safeguard their heritage. On one hand there may be desire in these communities to build digital libraries to manage and preserve culturally sensitive materials, but on the other hand, due to the very nature of some of these materials, the access to these digital collections cannot be left unrestricted. Drawing from the implementation of a digital library of ginà ns, a sacred oral tradition of the Ismaili Muslims of South Asia, this paper showcases how ethnocultural and religious communities can utilize digital library technology to safeguard sacred oral traditions based on their local contexts. The initial part of the paper proposes a conceptual design for a digital library of ginà ns using the Functional Require- ments for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) model and the Dublin Core (DC) metadata standard. Using this conceptual model as the basis, the latter part of the article demonstrates the process of building a digital library using the Greenstone digital library software.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherCommon Ground Publishingen
dc.subjectDigital Technologiesen
dc.subjectDigital Libraryen
dc.subjectGreenstone Digital Library Softwareen
dc.titleFrom Abstraction to Action: Safeguarding Oral Traditions Using Digital Librariesen
dc.typeArticleen


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