Mukurtu Mobile: Digital Heritage on the Go

Mukurtu Mobile was developed in 2012 by CoDA and map2app as a mobile client for iOS and Android devices, to allow Mukurtu CMS users to capture and upload rich media content to their archives as digital stories. This project was supported in part by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities, under the direction of our partners at Washington State University. CoDA developed functional specifications and supervised engineering and launch of the app, providing guidance for digital data management and preservation best practices.

As part of the project, an online support page was created for users to find information, seek support and report issues with the app.

In early 2016, the source code for the app is being released under a GNU GPL 3.0 License and will be available soon on GitHub. Along with the code, we curated a thorough project documentation, for both community members looking to use Mukurtu Mobile with their Mukurtu CMS archive, and developers wishing to contribute back to the project or customizing the application.


Mukurtu – Mukurtu Mobile is part of Mukurtu CMS, the free and open source digital heritage management system designed with indigenous communities.
WSU – Supported by Washington State University
CoDA – Developed by the Center for Digital Archaeology at UC Berkeley
Map2app – Powered by map2app, the easiest way to turn any destination into an app

Project Team

WSU Team
Dr. Kim Christen Withey, Principal Investigator

Mapp2App Team
Pietro Ferraris, Mobile Strategy Lead
Dario Ciccone, Apple Developer

RED PILLOW ltd. Team
Maurizio Castrini, Android Developer

CoDA Team
Elena Toffalori, Product Manager
Michael Ashley, Information Architect
Ruth Tringham, User Experience Lead


Mukurtu Mobile is made possible, in part, by development funds and grants from:

WSU – Washington State University
NEH – National Endowment for the Humanities
IMLS – Institute of Museums and Library Services

The Challenge

How do we bring sustainable media workflows into our everyday lives? The project’s main challenge was to integrate Mukurtu CMS secure hosting and multifaceted access control with the latest technology for media production and mobile access.
Sustainable documentation had to be as engaging as social media.

The Solution

With Mukurtu Mobile you have control over your media, the stories they tell, and who has access to them once you’ve published them on the web. Capture or import a picture, video or audio, add your narrative and core metadata, and share with your community, all from your tablet or phone.

It’s that easy.

My students felt the Mobile app was 100 times easier than the [Mukurtu] Premiere site through a desktop. Several said that they’d wished they’d started on that interface first.

Dr. Juilee Decker

Faculty, Performing Arts & Visual Culture, Rochester Institute of Technology

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