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Mukurtu CMS: Empowering Indigenous Communities to Share and Manage Digital Heritage

Lecture: ARF Brownbag | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)


Michael Ashley, Anthropology, UC Berkeley

Archaeological Research Facility


Mukurtu is a free and open source content management solution for Indigenous communities, museums, archives and libraries to share, license and curate their digital heritage. Leveraging the power of Drupal 7, Mukurtu CMS creates a custom management solution specifically designed for the cultural, ethical and legal needs of Indigenous peoples globally.

Mukurtu has reached communities around the world. The Mukurtu team has held workshops in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and there are 30+ organizations currently using Mukurtu CMS, with a list of over 250 organizations and individuals who have requested to play with and download the software.

In this talk, we cover the main features of Mukurtu CMS that set it apart in the museums and archives space, including the new Mukurtu Mobile app for iOS that allows for direct uploads of Digital Heritage items to individual instances of Mukurtu. We'll give examples of how Mukurtu CMS is addressing unique requirements for Indigenous communities.

Mukurtu is a grassroots project that has grown using an agile community development model. Mukurtu 1.0 was launched in August 2012 with many key features and updates including a complete new, customizable theme design, administrative dashboard for all Mukurtu functions, batch import/export and sync for content and data, and new page options, including a microsite generator.

Funded through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Washington State University is working with the Center for Digital Archaeology (CoDA) at UC Berkeley to lead development.

BIO

Dr. Michael Ashley is Chief Technology Officer at the Center for Digital Archaeology [CoDA], a non-profit company affiliated with UC Berkeley dedicated to creating and leveraging state-of-the-art data management technologies for the preservation and sharing of our worldwide cultural heritage. He is developing Codifi, an innovative mobile solution for turning buried content into discoverable, data-driven stories. Michael is the Director of Development of Mukurtu CMS, a free and open source content management solution for Indigenous communities, museums, archives and libraries to share, license and curate their digital heritage. He received his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in 2004, where he went on as faculty and staff to co-found several initiatives, including the award winning Open Knowledge and the Public Interest (OKAPI), and the Media Vault Program, a digital preservation and access framework for the university's museums and archives. An archaeological photographer by training, Michael was the Media Team lead for the Çatalhöyük Research Project for more than 7 years and continues to work on heritage preservation and documentation projects worldwide. Since 2003, Michael has served as the Internet and Global Communications Chair for the World Archaeological Congress, and is currently a reviewer for the Australian Research Council (ARC).


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