Rethinking the Indigenous Communications Program: developed by Broadband for the Bush Alliance

From the Executive Summary… Indigenous Communications Over the years, governments have put in place a range of initiatives aimed at improving communications in remote Indigenous communities. However, high levels of digital inequality still exist in many communities around Australia. Indigenous Remote Media Association (IRCA) highlights this point, saying ‘most remote […]

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Aboriginal Indigenous Languages Map

David R Horton is the creator of the Indigenous Language Map. This map is based on language data gathered by Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, (1996). The map attempts to represent all of the language or tribal or nation groups of Indigenous people of Australia. The Indigenous […]

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Iwaidja Inyman

Iwaidja Inyman (ee-WAHD-jah EEN-mahn) meaning ‘Iwaidja language’ is an innovative and award-winning community project based on Croker Island in Northwestern Arnhem Land, dedicated to the documentation, maintenance, preservation and promotion of Iwaidja and other endangered languages of the region. Our funding comes from the Maintenance of Indigenous Languages and Records (MILR) […]

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Summit Addresses Indigenous Digital Divide in Australia

This post, written by Ethnos Curator Rachael Petersen, originally appeared on the Rising Voices website.  Online heritage databases, an indigenous app to connect peoples worldwide, a network of recycled digital devices, and an Aboriginal digital social enterprise are just some of the responses to the focus of a recent summit […]

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Stone Chips to Silicon Chips: A Grounded Theory of ICT adoption in Australian Indigenous Households

Abstract Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have become an everyday part of life. Communication networks within Australia link financial, educational, government and non-government services to Australian households. Both the 2001 and 2006 Australian Census data demonstrate that Indigenous Australians are 69% less likely to access the Internet at home than […]

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Towards a Policy for Remote Indigenous Media and Communications

Daniel Featherstone, General Manager of Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA) of Australia, presents “Why One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Towards a Policy for Remote Indigenous Media and Communications.” The presentation describes the issues of top-down policy and one-size-fits-all programs that often do not have the desired outcomes for remote communities. […]

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Evaluating the Digital Songlines Game Engine for Australian Indigenous Storytelling

Abstract This paper reports on a consultative development cycle with remote indigenous peoples around Australia, the protocols established for their respectful engagement, and evaluation of the digital storytelling game engine developed for them. The Digital Songlines (DSL) digital storytelling project is funded by the Australasian Cooperative Research Centre for Interaction […]

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Indigenous Archives Network

Connecting with Indigenous people working with Indigenous Knowledge sources Developing an International network to connect innovative projects relating to Indigenous peoples, Archives, Libraries, Museums, Galleries, Keeping Places and Communities Discussions are taking place between Indigenous people working in archives in Australia and the United States, about the creation of a […]

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Indigenous Studies Database

Welcome to the Indigenous studies research network. A virtual multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary network of Indigenous researchers and research affiliates from Australia and abroad. The Network promotes the sharing and exchange of knowledge, research, solutions and information within the Indigenous studies global community. Recognition and respect for Indigenous peoples’ sovereignties inform […]

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Community Development Practice & Social Policy (Australia)

This degree includes the study of community development theories and practices informed by a diversity of critical theory. Students develop specialised knowledge in community development and explore the ‘use of self’ in professional practice, then undertake an exploration of working with various communities to understand the importance of context and […]

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IndigiTUBE: the voice of remote indigenous Australia

Accoring to their website, IndigiTUBE is an online community for sharing and accessing media made by and for Indigenous people in remote Australia. For many years Indigenous Australians have used media to keep language and culture strong.  This has included video, radio, music and more recently a wide range of […]

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ICT Futures for Teaching and Learning in Indigenous Communities

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Information Technologies and Indigenous Communities Round Table

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The Indigital Revolution: The indigenous mobilisation of information technologies in twenty-first century Australia

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Knowledge Traditions of Aboriginal Australians: Questions & Answers arising in a Databasing Project

In answering some questions about the place and role of databasing in Aboriginal Australian Knowledge Traditions, the paper gives some interesting insights into the nature and workings of Aboriginal Knowledge Traditions. I consider knowledge traditions of Aboriginal Australians comparatively, by referring to a particular contemporary way of ‘doing knowledge’. The […]

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Software for Educating Aboriginal Children about Place

In this paper I imagine how a piece of software (TAMI) that is yet to be built might contribute to learning of being in-place by Aboriginal Australian children. I take up an analytic toolkit that has been emerging in science and technology studies since the 1980s, of which perhaps the […]

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Digital Tools and the Management of Australian Desert Aboriginal Knowledge

This is a story of my work as a member of a small group set up within the CRC to develop a scoping study of Indigenous knowledge, its role in research and its protection under law. The group has mixed Aboriginal and nonAboriginal constitution, and is still ongoing, now trying […]

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Indigenous Knowledge and Resource Management in Northern Australia: Non-coherence as a Virtue

This paper is a story of an Australian Research Council funded project involving Aboriginal knowledge communities, resource management, and digital technologies. We argue that in this work promoting non-coherence, both epistemic and ontic, is a virtue. In our presentation we will use our project website http://www.cdu.edu.au/centres/ik/ to show how non-coherence […]

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Using/Designing Digital technologies of Representation in Aboriginal Australian Knowledge practices

Indigenous Australians are often keen to use digital technologies in their struggle to develop sustainable livelihoods on their own lands. This paper tells of gradually coming to recognize how an Aboriginal Australian elder struggled against the grain of digital technologies designed to represent, in using them in Aboriginal Australian knowledge […]

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Digital Technologies and Aboriginal Knowledge Practices

Indigenous Australians are often keen to use digital technologies in their local knowledge practices as part of a struggle to develop sustainable livelihoods on-country. They want to use digital technologies to ensure that ‘history stays in-place’, seeing their knowledge practices as expressing the remaking of an Ancestral reality. This paper […]

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Ara Irititja: Protecting the Past, Accessing the Future – Indigenous Memories in a Digital Age

On October 1, 2003 the Ara Irititja: Protecting the Past, Accessing the Future—Indigenous Memories in a Digital Age touring exhibition began its nearly year and a half in-country tour at the South Australian Museum (SAM) in Adelaide.Ara Irititja’s production began in 1994 as part of the Pitjantjatjara Council’s “Return of […]

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Mukurtu CMS

The Mukurtu project began in the remote Central Australian town of Tennant Creek with the creation of the Mukurtu Wumpurrarni-kari Archive. The project was born from the needs of the Warumungu Aboriginal community who wanted an archival platform that allowed them to organize, manage and share their digital cultural materials […]

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Indigenous people and e-nabling technologies: An analysis of recent experiences in northern and central Australia

Abstract The potential of e­tools, e­media and e­learning to support the goals of Indigenous people, their communities and organisations for cultural, social and economic sustainability, is still relatively unrealised, particularly in the more remote regions of Australia.  Although this paper acknowledges the key barriers to the use of information and communication […]

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Language app: Iwaidja

Ma! Iwaidja app on iTunes The Ma! Iwaidja app is an initiative of the Minjilang Endangered Languages Publication project (also known as Iwaidja Inyman), based on Croker Island in Northwestern Arnhem Land in Australia’s Northern Territory. This ‘touch and listen’ app includes: a 1,000 entry Iwaidja-English dictionary a 400-entry Iwaidja-English […]

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Aboriginal Culture in the Digital Age

Introduction The object of this paper is to bring a holistic perspective to the implications of ICT for Aboriginal ways of living, thinking and knowing. Is ICT the potent enabler for the promotion, renewal and enrichment of Aboriginal cultures as many claim? For example does ICT offer new possibilities for […]

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