Mukurtu: managing and sharing indigenous heritage digitally


Mukurtu: managing and sharing indigenous heritage digitally

Mukurtu CMS is a free and open source platform for managing and sharing digital heritage, built for Indigenous communities, archives, libraries and museums.

Museums and Galleries NSW interviewed Mukurtu team leader Kim Christen from the University of Washington to discuss how this digital tool could be used by Aboriginal communities in NSW for their collections.

To visit the M&G NSW blog

To take a look at the Mukurtu website

A Grassroots Project

The Mukurtu project began in the remote Central Australian town of Tennant Creek with the creation of the Mukurtu Wumpurrarni-kari Archive. The project was born from the needs of the Warumungu Aboriginal community who wanted an archival platform that allowed them to organize, manage and share their digital cultural materials in line with their cultural protocols. Using new technologies we collaborated to develop a user-friendly and culturally relevant system embedded with Warumungu social and cultural protocols.

This solution began and ended with the understanding that technology is meant to bend to human needs, not the other way around. Mukurtu is now in development as a free and open source platform distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (or “GPL”).