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LOUD for Cultural Heritage

4) Through and beyond an Actor-Network Theory Lens



4) Through and beyond an Actor-Network Theory Lens


Brief Description

This is the Theoretical Framework Chapter
Actor-Network Theory (ANT) is a constructivist approach that will be leveraged to study what Manovich calls everything and everybody with a view to identifying the actors. The following aspects will be considered:
1. Demonstrating how non-human entities have agency;
2. Identifying the human and non-human actors participating in the process;
3. Investigating how the concept of translation is carried out, i.e. the process that allows
a network to be represented by a single entity.

ANT will be applied throughout the study but more precisely for the design of the PIA
Data Model, and more generally for any knowledge representations, questions arise as to what influences the various groups of individuals involved in the process have, firstly on each other, secondly on the manifestation of the model and subsequently on how this particular knowledge representation will impact the different stakeholders, once it is implemented but equally throughout its creation.

The theoretical framework will also address the following question: ”Why do Cultural Heritage institutions that adopt LOUD standards differ from institutions that do not implement such standards?”