Connecting Communities and Collections through Reciprocal Curation Methods

Date: April 9, 2015, 4:30 PM

This presentation, by Kimberly Christen Withey, explores the ethical dilemmas surrounding curating, circulating, and managing Indigenous collections. It will explore Mukurtu CMS, an open source content management tool and community archive platform. Withey is an Associate Professor and the Associate Director of the Digital Culture and Technology Program and Native American Programs Office, Washington State University.

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Connecting Communities and Collections through Reciprocal Curation Models

Kim is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Digital Technology and Culture program, Director of Digital Projects at the Plateau Center, Native American Programs and the co-Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at Washington State University. Her work explores the intersections of cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, the ethics of openness, and the use of digital technologies in and by indigenous communities globally. She is the Director of several digital humanities projects including: the Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal, a collaboratively curated site of Plateau cultural materials; Mukurtu CMS, a free and open source content management system and community digital archive aimed at the unique needs of indigenous communities; and the Sustainable Heritage Network, an online community of people dedicated to making the preservation and digitization of cultural heritage materials sustainable, simple and secure. She is also the co-Director of Local Contexts, an educational platform for an innovative set of traditional knowledge licenses and labels.

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Kim Christen Withey

Mukurtu Project Director

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