Workshop: Caring for iwi cultural heritage using the Mukurtu collection management system 

14-15 August 2012 , 9am-5pm
Kate Edgar Information Commons, Level 4, Room 443, Auckland University, 11 Alfred St
Auckland  , Auckland 
$30 covering both days, pay on the day

National Services Te Paerangi, in partnership with Auckland War Memorial Museum and Te Rōpū Whakahau, presents this two day workshop.


This will cover:

Iwi and hapū have expressed a strong interest in the creation of digital technologies as tools for the management, preservation and production of cultural materials and knowledge.   This two day workshop will allow you to work with experts to learn about how the Mukurtu system can help your iwi or hapū manage cultural information with the added opportunity to walk away with a semi-finished system produced by iwi with ownership rights.

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 two day workshop, participants will learn what Mukurtu is, how it works and decide firsthand if it's the right tool for them. Topics include:

  • overview of features and installation
  • add and manage cultural protocols
  • add and organize content
  • manage content and media
  • define and manage groups
  • manage users access and roles
  • get support
  • give feedback
  • get 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 and hapū representatives interested in tools to manage, preserve, record and produce cultural materials and knowledge.


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, your iwi or hapū/organisation.
  • The cost of the workshop is $30 covering both days to be paid on invoice or by cheque.
  • Computer terminals for the workshop are limited to 20 only so registrations are essential.  PCs may be shared between two iwi/hapū members.


What else do I need to know?

  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided on both days.
  • Participants should come ready to explore and experiment with the system using content and it is advised that you bring different forms of material to see how the system can work for your iwi/ hapū and cultural material, e.g. archival, digital material.
  • Please be aware that your photo may be taken during the workshop, and photos may be used for National Services Te Paerangi purposes.