Putatara (trumpet), Maker unknown, New Zealand. Gift of Alexander Turnbull, 1913. Te Papa

Mukurtu collection management system for indigenous communities 

In August 2012, National Services Te Paerangi (NSTP)partnered with Auckland War Memorial Museum and Te Rōpū Whakahau to bring Professor Kim Christian and Dr Michael Ashley from the United States to share information about Mukurtu. 

 

Mukurtu (pronounced MOOK-oo-too) is a free and open-source content management solution for indigenous communities, museums, archives, and libraries to share, license, and curate their digital heritage. It is built on top of the powerful, secure, free, and open source Drupal 7 content management system. Leveraging off Drupal 7, Mukurtu creates a customised management solution specifically designed for the cultural, ethical, and legal needs of indigenous communities globally. 

 

Many iwi have expressed strong interest in cultural heritage archives and content management systems to assist them in organising, managing, protecting, and sharing their digital cultural material in a user-friendly, culturally relevant way, in line with their own cultural protocols. Over the past two years, iwi have attended hui hosted and facilitated by NSTP to share the different systems they are using or developing. This was, therefore, a prime opportunity to see how other indigenous communities are using Mukurtu. 

 

Kim and Michael were in New Zealand from 12 to 17 August 2012. During their time here, they presented seminars on Mukurtu at Auckland War Memorial Museum and Te Papa. They also presented a two day workshop for iwi members interested in learning more about Mukurtu. 

 

The seminars and iwi workshop were well attended and well received by iwi and people across the sector with feedback all positive to date

 

If you are interested in finding out more about Mukurtu, visit the website at www.mukurtu.org.

 

The next Iwi Digital Hui is scheduled for early 2013 – more information will be available soon.