Seminar: Caring for indigenous cultural heritage using the Mukurtu collection management system 

Monday 13 August 2012 , 9.30am-11am
Auditorium, Auckland Museum, The Auckland Domain, Parnell
Auckland  , Auckland 
Free to attend

National Services Te Paerangi, in partnership with Auckland War Memorial Museum and Te Rōpū Whakahau, presents this free seminar.

This will cover:

Iwi and hapū have expressed a strong interest in the creation of digital technologies as tools for both the preservation and production of cultural materials and knowledge.

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. Mukurtu is built on top of the powerful, secure, free and open source Drupal 7 content management system. 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.

In this seminar, participants will learn what Mukurtu is, how it works. Topics include:

  • an overview of features and installation
  • adding and managing cultural protocols
  • adding and organising content
  • managing content and media
  • defining and managing groups
  • managing users access and roles
  • getting support
  • giving feedback
  • being informed on updates


Who will I meet?

Kim Christen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies and Director of Digital Projects at the Plateau Center for American Indian Studies at Washington State University. Her work explores the intersections of cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, intellectual property rights, the ethics of openness, and the use of digital technologies in and by indigenous communities globally. 


Dr Michael Ashley is a digital conservation architect with more than 16 years of experience in cultural heritage informatics management and education.  He received his PhD at UC Berkeley, where he co-founded several initiatives, including the award winning Open Knowledge and the Public Interest (OKAPI), and the Media Vault Program, which seeks to develop digital preservation frameworks for research and scholarship.


Who is it for?

  • Iwi/ hapū, libraries, archives, museums and cultural centres
  • local and regional cultural heritage centres
  • national and international collecting institutions who wish to partner with iwi and  indigenous communities globally to share content and metadata
  • those who have a basic understanding of content management systems and digital management


How do I sign up?

Please contact National Services Te Paerangi - or freephone: 0508 NSTP HELP (0508 678 743).  Please register by Friday 3 August 2012.

  • include contact details and your hapu/organisation.  Places are limited so it is essential to register so we confirm numbers. 
  • It is free to attend.


What else do I need to know?

  • A light morning tea will be provided after the session.
  • More information can be found at the following link: