After reading the blog post by Melissa Terras about the reuse of cultural-related contnent and Robert Leopold’s study about the Cherokee case study, it seems that the question being asked is not “Should content relating to culture be made digital and public?’ but “How does content relating to culture made digital and public?”
Leopold demonstartes how cultural related data, if made public, should protect individual identities that might be negatively impacted by the data. Leopold brought to light ways in which information and data about cultures can be made available to researchers while still maintaining certain identities confidential.
Terras’s blog post seemed to be more about making cultural resourses not just available for researchers and students, but also about making it convenient to access.
I think that both texts brought important information to light. Information about Cultures should be easily made available to researchers and students while at the same time protecting individuals who might be hurt by the data.
[Note: The computer that I am using is not letting me access the Leopold pdf. So, I apologize if my recollection on the text is off.]