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Wednesday, April 14 • 10:00am - 10:25am
Digital Repositories in Mexico

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The Mexican Coordination of Historical and Cultural Memory (CMHCM, by its initials in Spanish) was created in November 2018 by the current president of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Within CMHCM attributes and responsibilities is to create a digital repository that brings together digital objects and collections regarding Mexico´s bio-cultural, historical and artistic legacy from across GLAMUR institutions. In order to meet this aim, in February 2020 -with the name of Memórica-, an initial version of the digital repository was launched. This paper will describe the efforts and decision making processes behind the project. We will argue how Memórica seeks to provide a robust platform and a conceptual framework that will enable the collection, management, aggregation and retrieval of digital collections in a useful and reusable way. We will introduce the technological infrastructure of Memórica thus describing how it is built upon existing technologies which have been already tested within projects of similar scale and potential. In addition to this, we will outline how the repository attempts to facilitate sustainable innovation through APIs, interoperability, efficient scalability, containers, among others. Finally, we will highlight how the use of free and open source tools, libraries and codes, as well as controlled vocabularies and ontologies, will provide Memórica with the capacity to harvest and collect data from digital platforms, memory organisations and individuals in Mexico and worldwide.

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Jo Ana Morfin

TBM Conservator, Memórica
Jo Ana holds a degree in Cultural Heritage Restoration from the National School of Conservation (ENCRyM) in Mexico City. In 2008 she obtained her Master’s degree in Curating from Sunderland University in U.K.; her research focuses on curatorial strategies for documenting and archiving... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 10:00am - 10:25am PDT
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