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Digitization of cultural collections: reuse, curation and preservation
The increasing availability of digital information and its intensive use by means of devices based on digital technologies by all segments of society-culture, scientific research, education, government and business-have increased the demand for online services offered by cultural heritage institutions. All over the world, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions, recognizing the importance of this phenomenon, are routinely digitizing their collections and acquiring and creating digital artifacts, and making them available via the web, and also using these assets as a management tool of physical collections in the process of documentation, conservation, restoration and security. However, the capabilities of digital collections can be extended if they are reconfigured as raw material for packaging, reinterpretation, aggregation and representation in new contexts with new purposes, establishing spaces for collaboration and dialogue that collectively define the concept of reuse. As a challenge for heritage institutions it remains the need for a permanent and sustainable technological and management infrastructure and qualified professionals that enable the digital curation processes , including dynamic management, archiving and long-term preservation of the digital collections. Adopting as a methodology the literature analysis, this paper aims to identify reuse opportunities that expand informational and communicational potential of digital cultural heritage collections.