Digital Preservation Outreach & Education (Library of Congress)

The DPOE mission is to foster national outreach and education about digital preservation by building a collaborative network of instructors and partners to provide training to individuals and organizations seeking to preserve their digital content. The DPOE team supports the growth of the DPOE National Trainer Network and builds relationships […]

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Digital Himalaya project

A project to develop digital collection, storage and distribution strategies for multimedia anthropological information from the Himalayan region. The Digital Himalaya project was designed by Alan Macfarlane and Mark Turin as a strategy for archiving and making available ethnographic materials from the Himalayan region. Based at the Department of Social […]

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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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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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Aboriginal Knowledge Traditions in Digital Environments

According to Manovich, the database and the narrative are natural enemies, each competing for the same territory of human culture. Aboriginal knowledge traditions depend upon narrative through storytelling and other shared performances. The database objectifies and commodifies distillations of such performances and absorbs them into data structures according to a […]

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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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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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Digitising and handling Indigenous cultural resources in libraries, archives and museums

Abstract Indigenous cultural resources expose long memory trails which extend from understandings of origins to engagement with contemporary challenges. The tangible traces of aeons old intangible experience, they include practical and ceremonial artefacts housed in museums, sites of cultural significance, testimony and stories collected in libraries, and records of experience […]

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Digitised Indigenous Knowledge in Cultural Heritage Organisations in Australia & New Zealand

Abstract This research project investigates the digital collections from selected heritage organisations, exploring how and if the rights of Indigenous peoples are being protected by policy and protocol documents on the Web. It surveys selected heritage collections across Australia and New Zealand and explores digital collection policies at local and […]

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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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Queensland Stories: community, collections and digital technology at the State Library of Queensland

Abstract In the vast state of Queensland, the ability to create and share stories about people, places, landscapes and ecology using digital technology and the World Wide Web bridges distance and difference. The sharing of stories is the key concept around which the Queensland Stories Program has been built. The […]

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Citizen-created content, digital equity and the preservation of community memory

Abstract While the complex issues concerning the protection and preservation of digital assets are better understood by the information professions, there is still much thinking required about the preservation and protection of the new wave of citizen-created content. Traditionally information professionals in all types of memory institutions have clearly met […]

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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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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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Preserving Endangered Languages using a Layered Web-based Archive

Abstract Many human languages, an essential part of culture, are in danger of extinction. UNESCO estimates that at least a half of the world’s 6500 spoken languages will disappear within the next 100 years. This problem can be addressed to some extent by computer systems that collect, archive and disseminate […]

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Repatriation, Digital Media, and Culture in the Virtual Museum

A presentation by Kate Hennessy. Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS). Many Canadian First Nations and Aboriginal organizations are using digital media to revitalize their languages and assert control over the representation of their cultures. […]

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