Integration of Sustainable Development by Digital Documentary Heritage Industry: A New Synthetic Model of Integration as Learning and Potential Research Direction

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Nor HasniChe Hassan, Wan Satirahbinti Wan Mohd Saman, Norshilabinti Shaifuddin


Purpose – The primary purpose of this paper was to assess the status of digital documentary heritage management in Malaysia. The following research objectives were addressed: investigate digital documentary heritage management in information institutions, find out the content which is prioritized for digital preservation, describe the challenges of digital documentary heritage preservation management and propose a framework to address challenges of digital heritage preservation in Malaysia.

Design/methodology/approach - Concept mapping is used to illustrate the relationship between the sustainable development and digital documentary heritage frameworks. A concept mapping is a structured conceptualization or process, focused on a topic or construct of interest, involving input from one or more participants, that produces an interpretable pictorial view (or concept map) of ideas and concepts and how they are interrelated; in this case, mapping the relationships between barriers of DDH and the DOI theory, TOE framework and the DELOS digital library reference model.

Findings – Results revealed growing awareness among institutions with statutory responsibility for heritage management about digital documentary heritage preservation in Malaysia through the support of international agencies, civil societies and governments. The findings revealed several challenges hampering digital documentary heritage preservation management: weak policy and regulatory frameworks, limited capacity, inadequate government support and limited connectivity and bandwidth.

Originality/value – This paper presents an integration of sustainable development by digital documentary heritage industry especially related to Malaysian context.

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