Mukurtu CMS: Differential Access for the Ethical Stewardship of Cultural and Digital Heritage

UC Santa Cruz – November 12, 2014

CoDA CEO Michael Ashley presented on digital heritage stewardship at UC Santa Cruz on the 12th of November, 2014. In light of current debates on net neutrality, privacy concerns and the upcoming release of Mukurtu CMS 2.0 software, the timing could not be better to share in a discussion around .net ethics and digital heritage stewardship.

Held: November 12, 2014, 5pm-7pm
Location: McHenry Library, UCSC, Room 4286
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsors: Institute for Humanities Research, UCSC Library


Try and recall a family secret, or a cherished memory shared between you and a parent or sibling. Now imagine holding on to that memory so that it could be shared with your descendants in 20 years, or 200. How would you preserve it, in what form? Who has access to it now, and how will that memory be held and transferred from generation to generation? From a single moment to the wider experiences of communities, oral histories and endangered languages, the intimate interchanges that define codes and protocols for sharing do not easily translate to the digital exchange of the world wide web. In this discussion, we will look at where we’re failing and succeeding to connect with indigenous priorities for differential access to cultural content, and what this means for all of us in developing informed exchanges for the digital humanities. We’ll explore Mukurtu CMS, a free and open source platform designed specifically to address some of these challenges and how community based agile software development can help to humanize the Internet.

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