Shiny Objects and Salvation: Navigating New Technologies for Intangible Cultural Heritage Preservation

Mark Oppenneer, Ethnos Project Director, presented this keynote address at El Primer Congresso Internacional Patrimonio Cultural y las Nuevas Tecnologias. The conference was held at El Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) in Mexico City, December 2014. See the video side-by-side with the presentation slides Learn more about the […]

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El Primer Congresso Internacional Patrimonio Cultural y las Nuevas Tecnologias

This conference was held on 3-6 December, 2014, in Mexico City at El Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH). The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has a mission to safeguard cultural heritage by looking to stay ahead in the application of new technologies for the conservation, research […]

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Cultural gaming: Iñupiat stories come alive in “Never Alone (Kisima Inŋitchuŋa)”

“A clear question, then, is can this powerful new medium be harnessed as a new platform for passing along wisdom from generation to generation in a culturally appropriate, engaging format?” Young people of every generation – to some degree – pull away from the mores, ideals, and traditions of their […]

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Heritage Education for Sustainable Development: Dialogue with Indigenous Communities in Africa

As the twenty-first century gets into gear, it is clear that the defining characteristic of our era is that of climate insecurity. The United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 14th Conference of Parties in Poznań, Poland held in December 2008 ended with a stalemate in north-south talks on how […]

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Traditional Cultural Expressions – Existing Codes, Guidelines and Practices

Traditional cultural expressions (TCEs), also called “expressions of folklore”, may include music, dance, art, designs, names, signs and symbols, performances, ceremonies, architectural forms, handicrafts and narratives, or many other artistic or cultural expressions. Traditional cultural expressions: May be considered as the forms in which traditional culture is expressed; Form part […]

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Digital Museum of Taiwan Indigenous People

Featuring information on the following Indigenous Peoples of Taiwan: Amis Atayal Bunun Kavalan Paiwan Puyuma Rukai Saisiyat Sakizaya Tao Thao Truku Tsou

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Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute

We are one of the most northerly aboriginal peoples on the North American continent, living at the northwestern limits of the boreal forest. Only the Inuit live further north. We are part of a larger family of Aboriginal people known as Athapaskans, which include peoples such as the Slavey, Dogrib, […]

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McNulty Consulting blog

McNulty Consulting is a digital heritage consultancy with a focus on community-oriented projects, Web 2.0 technologies and open-source software in an African context. It specialises in digital cultural projects (including community, museum, heritage and archival initiatives) and the development and digitisation of content. The consultancy consists of two brothers, Niall […]

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Information Technology and Indigenous Communities: symposium website

Information Technology and Indigenous Communities (ITIC) explored the ever-increasing use of IT to access, create and collate tangible and intangible cultural information and heritage. The torrent of new media and digitisation provides a wealth of opportunity for creativity, transmission and the decentralisation of collections and the information they contain. What […]

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Digital Return: Digital Repatriation & Indigenous Knowledge

Digital Return is a research network and online resource providing a place for dialogue and connection and direct links to people and projects related to the return of cultural and linguistic materials to Indigenous communities globally. Over the last twenty years as digital technologies have grown and collecting institutions have […]

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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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Elizabeth Lindsey: Curating humanity’s heritage

From ted.com: It’s been said that when an elder dies, it’s as if a library is burned. Anthropologist Elizabeth Lindsey, a National Geographic Fellow, collects the deep cultural knowledge passed down as stories and lore. Elizabeth Lindsey is a fellow of the National Geographic Society. Her mission: to keep ancestral […]

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Intangible Cultural Heritage Research and Documentation lecture

Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Research and Documentation by Dr. Kate Hennessy, Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology in Surrey, British Columbia

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Kate Hennessy discussing her work

See also Repatriation, Digital Media, and Culture in the Virtual Museum Kate Hennessy is an Assistant Professor specializing in Media at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology. She is an anthropologist and new media artist with a PhD in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia and […]

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Ethnos Project Report

Daily “newspaper” comprised of Ethnos Project Twitter hashtags and keywords of interest. Categories include education, environment, business, society, technology, and mobile.

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Rights Markup Extensions for the Protection of Indigenous Knowledge

Indigenous cultures have experienced a renaissance over the past 5-10 years as indigenous communities have recognized the importance of documenting and sharing their cultural heritage and history. This has coincided with the explosion of the internet and the widespread application of multimedia technologies to the construction of large online cultural […]

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Software Tools for Indigenous Knowledge Management

Indigenous communities are beginning to realize the potential benefits which digital technologies can offer with regard to the documentation and preservation of their histories and cultures. However they are also coming to understand the opportunities for misuse and misappropriation of their knowledge which may accompany digitization. In this paper we […]

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Digitisation of Community Indigenous Knowledge in Developing Countries: A Strategy for Uganda

Abstract Ugandans aspire for positive cultural values for the promotion of socio-economic development and equal opportunities for all – a heritage that is free of negative cultural values, practices and traditions. However, the major constraint of developing countries has been the absence of community-based information systems to enable local people […]

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Technology, ephemera & ICT4D: an interview with Mark Oppenneer of the Ethnos Project

Wouldn’t you know it! Soon after Rachael Petersen joined up with the Ethnos Project, she turned the proverbial microphone on me and conducted a proper interview. I thought I’d post a link from here to the interview posted on Rachael’s site www.globalnativenetworks.com. Cheers, Mark Oppenneer Read the Interview From Rachel’s […]

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The Arviat Film Society: Indigenous Youth Document History from an Inuit Perspective

The Arviat Film Society Arviat is a predominantly Inuit city in the high western Arctic, and the third largest in Canada’s newest province, Nunavut. For more than two years, a group of volunteer Inuit youth in the community has dedicated time and energy to create multi-media projects aimed at investigating, […]

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The Arviat Film Society

The Arviat Film Society Arviat is a predominantly Inuit city in the high western Arctic, and the third largest in Canada’s newest province, Nunavut. For more than two years, a group of volunteer Inuit youth in the community has dedicated time and energy to create multi-media projects aimed at investigating, […]

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ICTs and Indigenous People

Introduction Article 15 of the WSIS Declaration of The World Summit on the Information Society states “In the evolution of the Information Society, particular attention must be given to the special situation of indigenous peoples, as well as to the preservation of their heritage and their cultural legacy”. Although worldwide […]

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Digital Subjects, Cultural Objects

Special Issue of the Journal of Material Culture The Journal of Material Culture is concerned with the relationship between artefacts and social relations irrespective of time and place and aims to systematically explore the linkage between the construction of social identities and the production and use of culture. Digital Subjects, […]

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Special Issue of the Journal of Material Culture: Digital Subjects, Cultural Objects

The Journal of Material Culture is concerned with the relationship between artefacts and social relations irrespective of time and place and aims to systematically explore the linkage between the construction of social identities and the production and use of culture. Special Edition edited by Amiria Salmond and Billie Lythberg Introduction […]

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Digital Memories: Exploring Critical Issues

This publication is available through the Inter-Disciplinary Press(many good things there – definitely worth checking out). Contents Introduction Anna Maj and Daniel Riha Part I: Theories and Concepts in Digitizing Individual and Community Memory The Trouble with Memory: Reco(r)ding the Mind in Code Laura Schuster (New) Media and Representations of the […]

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