Reflection on Inventory Methods

In 2022, the two hundredth form of intangible heritage will be added to the Inventory of Intangible Heritage of the Netherlands. A milestone that is also linked to challenges for the Knowledge Centre. How can the large and ever-growing number of intangible heritage communities associated with the Inventory be properly managed? This milestone is also a good time to reflect on the inventory methodologies of the Knowledge Centre: How does the Inventory work as a means of assurance in practice?

Within the research area 'Intangible heritage & inventory methods', four main themes are central.


How does the Inventory work as a means of assurance in practice? What effects does it have? In addition to the meaning of 'recognition', we examine what advantages or disadvantages an entry in the Inventory has had for heritage communities. How do heritage communities experience the addition to the Inventory or the Network?


How can the Knowledge Center effectively organize the evaluation of safeguarding plans by heritage communities and make them securely digitally accessible? Evaluating assurance plans is part of the operation of the Inventory. One of the challenges in this area is manageability. The growing number of entries in the Inventory also means a growing number of evaluations.


How are core values, social values, economic values and other values associated with intangible heritage experienced by heritage communities? And how are these values interrelated? Demonstrating economic value and economic networks can strengthen heritage communities, while at the same time making policymakers aware of the importance of intangible heritage. Mapping the social values surrounding intangible heritage can also strengthen heritage communities.


How can the formation of clusters of comparable intangible heritage contribute to the safeguarding of intangible heritage, and at the same time to the controllability and management of the rapidly growing Inventory? Which clusters can you form and what is needed for clusters to function as a self-learning network? Following an earlier pilot, we are conducting further research into the possible role of clusters.


Read more about this research area in the Knowledge Agenda 2021-2024 .

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