Cultural mediation and the dissemination of knowledge in the digital age

Cultural mediation and the dissemination of knowledge in the digital age

Cultural mediation and the dissemination of knowledge in the digital age. Institutional information, editorial and informational practices, and socio-technological systems

The purpose of this project is two-fold: analysis of the articulation dynamics between cultural and scientific mediation, on the one hand, and innovative digital technologies on the other. This project involves two interactional lines of research:

The first line treats “Topicality, politics, and practices of publicizing knowledge by cultural and scholarly institutions in the digital age.” We study these institutions’ politics of communication and the editorial practices that materialized during the construction of a “digital informational ecosystem” and the transfers/mutations of forms of cultural and scholarly mediation. The analyses draw from both professional trade publications and fieldwork.

The second line, “Digital humanities and transformations in the production and dissemination of scholarly and cultural knowledge,” focuses on the conception of the New Statistical Tool (NOS) destined to characterize the actions of a dozen heritage institutions on social networks. Analyses of politics and innovative editorial practices, as well as software developments, will be shared within the cluster.

Responsables du projet

Brigitte JUANALS , Visiting Researcher at the Modyco laboratory , Université Marseille Aix en Provence

Jean-Luc MINEL , Director of Modyco , University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

Partenaires au sein du labex

  • History of Arts and Representations (HAR) - EA 4414
  • Models, Dynamics, Corpus (Modyco) - UMR 7114
  • Quai Branly Museum - Jacques Chirac

Autres partenaires associés

Pompidou Center

Durée du projet

28 months
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La construction d’un espace patrimonial partagé dans le web de données ouvert, entre interopérabilité et stratégies institutionnelles

Communication, 34/1 [en ligne]

ISBN:  1920-7344
URL / DOI:  Read the article on the website of the Communication journal
Editeur:  Université Laval, Département d’information et communication

Mots clés

cultural interoperability, heritage, digitization, Linked Open Data, France


Interoperability is analyzed here from a conceptual, technical, and cultural standpoint. The authors examine institutional policies and practices in the heritage field with respect to digitization and the provision of cultural resources in digital format by probing possible forms of interoperability. They then showcase these forms and the visibility and dissemination issues they raise by analyzing the strategic, editorial, and technical choices made with respect to the Linked Open Data (LOD) models selected by a cross section of French cultural institutions.

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Museums’ Institutional Strategies for Linked Open Data: Towards an Inter-Museum Digital Cultural Space?

Études de communication

ISBN:  2101-0366
URL / DOI:  DOI of the journal
Editeur:  Université Lille-3

Mots clés

institutional strategies, inter-museum space, Linked Open Data, heritage mediation


This article focuses on the institutional strategies and cultural heritage mediation practices of museums that make use of the socio-technical affordances of Linked Open Data (LOD). We highlight, the issues raised by the implementation of LOD in the cultural sector with respect to images, visibility and dissemination of heritage objects. We then analyze the articulation between organizations’ editorial strategies and the construction of conceptual and technical LOD models by presenting the characteristics of currently emerging heritage mediation practices. In light of the practices studied, we explore the possibility of an inter-museum digital cultural space.

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Museums as Reterritorialization Spaces in the Digital Age : between Knowledge Publishing and Institutional Communication

The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, volume 6

URL / DOI:  DOI de la revue
Editeur:  CG Publisher

Mots clés

Museums, Institutional Communication, Publishing Practices, Scientific Mediation, Cultural Mediation, Digital Technologies, Intermediation


This paper deals with the types of knowledge publishing conducted by museums in the digital age. Digital environments are seen as spaces for the renegotiation and reterritorialization of the relations between culture, science, and society. We analyze the linkage dynamics between cultural and scientific mediation and digital techniques by focusing on authorship and intermediation. This work is based on a corpus of professional sources and field work. We conclude by discussing the reconfiguration of models of mediation in an international public space where institutional communication policies and cultural mediation, industrial strategies and public contributions interconnect.

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Fonction:  Administrator
Institution:  Modyco


After a BA in Art History at University Lille 3 Charles-de-Gaulle and a MA "New technologies applied to historical sciences " at the École nationale des chartes, Antoine Courtin has been consultant, then in charge of the R&D programs within a startup  which provides digital solutions for cultural institutions (archives, libraries, museums) between 2010 and 2013. In octobre 2013, he joins as a research engineer the Labex “Past in the present” and more specifically the project "Modeling, repositories and digital culture."

On the same time, he has co-organised Museomix, an event dedicated to new forms of mediation thanks to digital tools, in the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne in Nantes. He is involved in the movement of the cultural Open Data through the DataCulture hackathon organized by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, where he has won the Grand Prix. He also teaches XML in the MATA MA at the University of Picardie.

Twitter : @seeksanusername

A Tool-based Methodology to Analyze Social Network Interactions in Cultural Fields: the Use Case MuseumWeek

Editeur:  Springer International Publishing
ISBN:  978-3319137339

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Brigitte JUANALS

Titre:  Professor (Communication sciences)
Fonction:  Visiting Researcher at the Modyco laboratory
Institution:  Université Marseille Aix en Provence , Modèles, Dynamiques, Corpus, UMR 7114, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

Co-responsable du projet:  Cultural mediation and the dissemination of knowledge in the digital age