Thank you Grace for sharing this article with us. Notre Dame’s fire in Paris is undoubtedly a great loss of world culture, which we all regret. Fortunately, in today’s advanced information technology, people can “preserve” and “reproduce” history through digital heritage.
We often see buildings or cities that have sunk in history in the media such as movies, but these are shown to the public from the perspective of the crew or director. It is very difficult for the audience to feel immersed. Digital heritage can give people this feeling, because once these digital heritage is open to the public, people can freely enjoy the historic blocks, buildings and landscapes. But the question facing digital heritage is whether it can be accepted by the world.
Image 1: Notre Dame de Paris during the French Revolution. Source: Assassin Creed: Unity.
Most of the time it is displayed in the form of games, which is difficult to become a mainstream media culture, and even some people will reject the use of games as a carrier of digital heritage. In fact, the value of cultural heritage needs to be based on the importance of group or social level. Anything that is considered important enough can be regarded as having some heritage value. I believe that digital heritage is no exception.
UNESDOC., (2009). Charter on the Preservation of the Digital Heritage. [pdf]. Available at <https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000179529.page=2> [Accessed on 18 May 2018].