FirstVoices Chat App enables Indigenous language speakers to text in their own language

FirstVoices Chat From the First Peoples’ Cultural Council press release (in full below): Brentwood Bay, B.C. – FirstVoices Chat, an Indigenous language texting app for Facebook Chat and Google Talk, is now available at the Apple App Store as a free download for iPad, iTouch and iPhone. The app contains […]

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Endangered Languages: a project to support language preservation and documentation around the world

About the Endangered Languages Project Website: http://www.endangeredlanguages.com/ From the Endangered Languages Project site: Humanity today is facing a massive extinction: languages are disappearing at an unprecedented pace. And when that happens, a unique vision of the world is lost. With every language that dies we lose an enormous cultural heritage; […]

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Follow the Sun: Australian Indigenous Communities & Information Technologies

The following three recordings are from 2012 Follow the Sun, an online learning futures festival hosted by University of Leicester from 27–30 March 2012. You can find more excellent presentations on their website. From Australia, Day 2: Ethnology 1. Dr Aaron Corn, ‘The Indigital Revolution: The indigenous mobilisation of information […]

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Indigenous-Infused Digital Games: a New Model for Self-Sufficiency and Social Impact

Introduction Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) is the primary educational, workforce development and social service provider for Alaska Native and American Indian people (AN/AI) in the Anchorage/Cook Inlet Region of Alaska. As an organization, CITC is striving to be a leader in using social enterprise as a vehicle for financial […]

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The Enduring Voices Project’s Talking Dictionaries

Introduction For years the Enduring Voices team has helped communities around the world to preserve their culture by preserving their language. A key element to that has been recording individual speakers and cataloguing translations of their various words and phrases. Many of those collections have then been made accessible to […]

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Blacktracker: GPS-based Smartphone app for Indigenous Heritage

In February 2012, 35 youth from regional Australia set out to improve regional Australia for young people at the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra. Nine groups were formed, with the aim to have a specific issue addressed. The Indigenous Heritage and Education group members are Lance Ashley from Hodgson […]

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Dreamcatcher Informatics: Information Technology to Support Indigenous Peoples

This post is about a project that hasn’t quite finished incubating, but looks very interesting from the perspective of community memory, cultural mapping, and land use consultation. What follows is cobbled together from different sources… The Dreamcatcher Informatics project In 2009-2010, the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport recommended […]

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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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IKRMNA: Making Collective Memories with Computers

This post contains abstracts and links to a selection of papers written about Indigenous Knowledge and Resource Management in Northern Australia (IKRMNA). From their website: IKRMNA was a three year 2003-2006 ARC Linkage Project to support and develop Indigenous databases that maintain and enhance the strength of local languages, cultures […]

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Indigenous Knowledge Management: Software Tools, Rights Markup Extensions, and the Role of ICTs

This post is a Jane Hunter trifecta. Dr. Hunter is currently a Professorial Research Fellow & Leader of the eResearch Lab at The University of Queensland’s School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. Software Tools for Indigenous Knowledge Management (2002) Read the paper Rights Markup Extensions for the Protection of […]

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Indigenous Digital Collections

An article by Nicholas Nakata (2007) Abstract The intersection of public institutions managing large amounts of information and knowledge and new information and communication technologies has brought forward exciting and innovative changes to the ways information and knowledge have been traditionally managed. This paper provides a brief snapshot of some […]

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Free & Open Source Digital Curation, Asset Management & Community Archiving Systems

Updates 12/30/11: Added Archon, Kete, and Open Exhibits. 5/12/12: Added DAITSS, DPSP, HOPPLA, and RODA. 6/8/12: Added Vannotea & Indigenous Knowledge Management Software. 5/13/13: Added ELAN. 7/5/15: Added ArchivesSpace, CollectionSpace, Islandora. In honor of the new year, I thought I’d offer a list of (now 29) free and open source […]

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The Asháninka and the Internet

The other day, I found an IDRC report about the Asháninka and their use of the Internet dating back to 2000. Coincidentally, the Atlantic just ran a post about the Asháninka based on some photos and text released by Survival International. I have cobbled various bits together below with the […]

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Indigenous People on the Web

Abstract This paper explores the ways in which Indigenous people around the world are participating in the World Wide Web, through establishing their own websites or accessing services via the Web. Indigenous websites are remarkably diverse: in addition to those representing Indigenous organizations and promoting Indigenous e-commerce, many websites have […]

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Digitizing Indigenous Culture: the Maasai of Laikipya

This collection of press releases, articles, and presentation slides tells the ongoing story of the Maasai of Laikipya and their use of technology to preserve and sustain their cultural heritage starting in 2006 to now. Pilot Project with the Maasai Community WIPO Press Release Geneva, May 20, 2008 PR/2008/553 The […]

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IT System to Support Indigenous Knowledge Preservation

Originally published on the School of Information Technology blog (Polytechnic of Namibia) by Linus Kamati on 20 September, 2011. Local and traditional knowledge is shared orally within rural communities; such as through telling of stories. It is not recorded in text or electronically, it is accessible only through participation within the […]

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Mukurtu Demo released & other good news…

This is a follow-up post to “Mukurtu gearing up for Spring 2011 release” dated February 27, 2011. Update #1: Mukurtu 0.5 Demo release is now available. Update #2: Mukurtu receives $484,772 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museums and Library Services. The funding will make it possible to deploy, […]

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A question about the effects of ICTs on minority languages and culture

I missed this interview with Ritse Erumi (posted by Watan Vota on ICTWorks web site in February 2011). I invite you to read the whole interview here. Below is an excerpt in which Ms. Erumi responds to this question… In previous conversations, we’ve talked about your interest in the impact […]

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Time Machine 1997: The Internet and Indigenous Groups

Fourteen years ago, Cultural Survival Quarterly published an issue focused on the Internet and Indigenous groups. The pieces are introduced below with links to the articles in full. It is interesting to see how many of the concerns and issues explored still persist. If you haven’t heard of Cultural Survival, […]

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Indigenous Tweets

Indigenous Tweets is a website and accompanying blog by Kevin Scannell, a professor of Computer Science at Saint Louis University. To explain the project, I quote from the Indigenous Tweets blog: Project Background Speakers of indigenous and minority languages around the world are struggling to keep their languages and cultures […]

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Technology Snapshot: Indigenous Language & Cultural Preservation

How is the web impacting aboriginal communities? Phillip Djwa’s work focuses on the key components of social responsibility through technology. He’s worked for a wide variety of technology companies in senior positions for many years. Now, through Agentic Communications, which is a web development company that works with progressive organizations […]

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Mukurtu gearing up for Spring 2011 release

Visit Mukurtu’s website: http://www.mukurtuarchive.org/ Kimberly Christen, Mukurtu’s Project Director, appeared on the BBC’s Digital Planet radio show on February 22 discussing the Mukurtu project, the ethics of open access and the need to take seriously indigenous peoples’ concerns when designing digital tools… Listen here >> Mukurtu’s History The Mukurtu project […]

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