Design/methodology/approach – A case study approach was taken of Hebridean Connections, which is a community managed, online historical resource. This paper is primarily based on interview data with key stakeholders, all of whom are based in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
Findings – Participation in Hebridean Connections was reported in positive terms by respondents and many cited that it was a good way to reconnect with diasporic populations and that they believed that this would encourage tourism. It was also reported that the system of linked records added value to the collections as previously undiscovered connections could be made that would not be possible without the electronic resource.
Originality/value – Few studies have been undertaken examining community digital archives. The multidisciplinary nature of the study also brings together different perspectives on the area of enquiry.
- community identity
- cultural heritage
- digital archives
- digital economy
- qualitative research
- semantic linked open data
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John Hugh Farrington (Coordinator), Claire Wallace (Coordinator), Leanne Claire Townsend (Participant), Hai Nguyen (Participant), Gemma Webster (Participant), David Edward Beel (Participant) & Christopher Stuart Mellish (Participant)