Using modern technologies to capture and share Indigenous astronomical knowledge

Nakata, Martin, Hamacher, Duane, Warren, John, Byrne, Alex, Pagnucco, Maurice, Harley, Ross, Venugopal, Srikumar, Thorpe, Kirsten, Neville, Richard, and Bolt, Reuben (2014) Using modern technologies to capture and share Indigenous astronomical knowledge. Australian Academic and Research Libraries, 45 (2). pp. 101-110.

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Abstract

Indigenous Knowledge is important for Indigenous communities across the globe and for the advancement of our general scientific knowledge. In particular, Indigenous astronomical knowledge integrates many aspects of Indigenous Knowledge, including seasonal calendars, navigation, food economics, law, ceremony, and social structure. Capturing, managing, and disseminating this knowledge in the digital environment poses a number of challenges, which we aim to address using a collaborative project emerging between experts in the higher education, library, archive and industry sectors. Using Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope and Rich Interactive Narratives technologies, we propose to develop software, media design, and archival management solutions to allow Indigenous communities to share their astronomical knowledge with the world on their terms and in a culturally sensitive manner.

Item ID: 51024
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0004-8623
Keywords: cultural astronomy, data management, Indigenous Australians, Indigenous knowledge, intellectual property
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 04:59
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%
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