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Title:Identity and Representation: Social Justice and Community Building through the Museums of the Person
Authors:Rosali Henriques, Karen Worcman, Jorge Gustavo Rocha, Thom Gillespie, Philip Stafford
Publication:MW2005: Museums and the Web 2005

The Museum of the Person is an initiative that emerged in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1991, aiming at building a virtual museum whose collection includes life stories of all and every person in society. To be a virtual museum developed as a network has been the Museum of the Person's postulate from the start. The 1997 advent of the Internet provided the idea with the tool needed for its expansion. Since then the Museum of the Person has been open to receive stories, documents, photographs and other data through the Internet ( The presentation of that idea at the MW1999 in New Orleans inspired the creation of the Museum of the Person in Portugal ( and another one related to the Centre d'histoire de Montr