Organization Highlight: The Ulwazi Programme

The Ulwazi Programme is several things: a collection of technologies, social initiatives and research endeavors. On one hand, it is an online community-sourced website database (based on the MediaWiki platform) and informative blog (WordPress). On the other hand, Ulwazi involves programmatic aspects such as the School’s Project, a certificate project […]

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The Ulwazi Programme

The Ulwazi Programme is an initiative of the eThekwini Municipal Library to preserve the indigenous knowledge of local communities in the greater Durban area. This innovation, developed and implemented by the Software Applications Section of the Libraries, is based on a bottom-up model through which online indigenous knowledge resources are […]

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Return: The Photographic Archive and Technologies of Indigenous Memory

Abstract This paper considers the intersection of Aboriginal traditions surrounding photography and the use of new technologies as both a research tool and a community resource. Over recent decades Australian cultural institutions have radically altered their management of photographic archives in response to changing political and intellectual circumstances – especially […]

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Some challenges for Information and Communication Technologies in Indigenous Knowledge preservation

Abstract Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are the basis for social appropriation in local communities. ICTs hold significant potential for positive benefits for local communities to deal with ‘digital’ connectivity and global knowledge contexts. With the digitalisation of knowledge, including indigenous knowledge (IK), ICTs are offering alternative perspectives of knowledge […]

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Access and Control of Indigenous Knowledge in Libraries and Archives: Ownership & Future Use

Abstract Last year, a friend of mine from a remote community in Arnhem Land, in northern Australia, came down to Canberra to look through various collections that pertained to his community and his clan, the Gupapyngu people. (The trip takes a day and a half by plane.) This material had […]

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Cultural Imperialism & Pedagogical Possibilities Emerging from Youth Encounters w/ Internet in Africa

Abstract Many academic and popular writers have warned that the internet could be another form of cultural imperialism used by corporate-led western powers to force feed western values and worldviews to the rest of the world, similar to how Western education was imposed on Africa after colonisation. These ongoing arguments […]

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ICTs, KM and Indigenous Knowledge: Implications to Livelihood of Communities in Ethiopia

Full Title: Information and Communication Technologies, Knowledge Management and Indigenous Knowledge: Implications to Livelihood of Communities in Ethiopia Introduction This brief paper discusses the role of information and communication technologies in gathering, storing and disseminating indigenous knowledge, the various community-based structures to be used in order to safeguard and transfer […]

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Organization Highlight: Living Cultural Storybases (LCS)

Nurturing the oral heritage of minority cultures in a digital world The following text is from the Living Cultural Storybases website: http://storybases.org/ Misson LCS seeks to nurture the oral heritage of minority cultures by developing respectful methodologies accompanied by appropriate technological solutions. We aim to enable indigenous communities to share and […]

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Living Cultural Storybases (LCS)

Nurturing the oral heritage of minority cultures in a digital world The following text is from the Living Cultural Storybases website: http://storybases.org/ Misson LCS seeks to nurture the oral heritage of minority cultures by developing respectful methodologies accompanied by appropriate technological solutions. We aim to enable indigenous communities to share and […]

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Ogoki Learning Systems Releases Open Source Native Language App Code

Ogoki Learning Systems Inc. is releasing their App code for free The following text is from the Ogoki Learning Systems Inc. website: Would you like your own Aboriginal language app for the iPad, iPhone or Touch? Your language app can look like Ojibway – People and Language iPhone app Build your own […]

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Open Source Native Language App Code

Ogoki Learning Systems Inc. is releasing their App code for free The following text is from the Ogoki Learning Systems Inc. website: Would you like your own Aboriginal language app for the iPad, iPhone or Touch? Your language app can look like Ojibway – People and Language iPhone app Build your own […]

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Travelling Through Layers: Inuit Artists Appropriate New Technologies

When the time came a few years ago to find an Inuktitut term for the word “Internet,” Nunavut’s former Official Languages Commissioner, Eva Aariak, chose ikiaqqivik, or “traveling through layers” (Minogue, 2005, n.p.). The word comes from the concept describing what a shaman does when asked to find out about […]

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Digital Cultural Communication: Enabling new media and co­creation in South­East Asia

Abstract Digital Cultural Communication (DCC) is a new field of research and design which seeks to build a co­creative relationship between the cultural institution and the community by using new media to produce audience­focused cultural interactive experiences (Russo and Watkins 2005). By situating the development of cultural communities within DCC, […]

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