DPLAfest 2016 has ended
Taking place in the heart of Washington, DC, DPLAfest 2016 (April 14-15) will bring together hundreds from DPLA’s large and growing community for interactive workshops, hackathons and other collaborative activities, engaging discussions with community leaders and practitioners, fun events, and more. DPLAfest 2016 will appeal to anyone interested in libraries, technology, ebooks, education, creative reuse of cultural materials, law, open access, and genealogy/family research.

Area institutions serving as co-hosts include the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.

To view photographs, recordings, and social media from DPLAfest 2016, visit https://dp.la/info/get-involved/dplafest/april-2016/media/.
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Friday, April 15 • 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Wax Works in the Age of Digital Reproduction: The Futures of Sharing Native/First Nations Cultural Heritage

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This presentation discusses the development of digital curatorial workflows for managing, vetting and sharing indigenous community cultural heritage and intellectual property by the open source platforms Local Contexts (www.localcontexts.org) and Mukurtu CMS (www.mukurtu.org), working in collaboration with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress (www.loc.gov/folklife) and the Passamaquoddy Nation of Maine. Local Contexts (www.localcontexts.org) is a new initiative to support Native, First Nations, Aboriginal, and Indigenous communities in the management of their intellectual property (IP) and cultural heritage specifically within the digital environment. Combining both legal and educational components including the development of the Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels, Local Contexts has two objectives: One is to promote a new classificatory, curatorial and display paradigm for museums, libraries and archives that hold extensive collections of indigenous people’s cultural heritage by allowing information from and by the community of origin to be expressed in catalog records. The other objective is to enhance and legitimize indigenous decision-making and control over IP, especially in determining and culturally appropriate conditions for sharing historical and contemporary collections of material and digital culture.

In this project, the Passamaquoddy Nation is developing its own unique set of Local Contexts’ TK Labels within the innovative, open-source Mukurtu CMS platform (www.mukurtu.org) so that community members can annotate, narrate and share their content across platforms and institutions. The TK Labels will become part of the metadata for the Library of Congress’s recent preservation digitization recordings of the original wax cylinders of Passamaquoddy people documented by anthropologist Jesse Walter Fewkes in 1890; these are among the earliest known ethnographic field recordings in the world. Audience members are encouraged to participate in a discussion of various components of this initiative to develop new digital tools and methods for managing cultural heritage and intellectual property rights that center and prioritize Native communities cultural protocols for access and circulation.


Jane Anderson

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies, New York University
Dr. Jane Anderson is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies at New York University. She has a Ph.D. in Law from the Law School at University of New South Wales in Australia. Her work is focused on the philosophical and practical problems for intellectual property law... Read More →
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Guha Shankar

Folklife Specialist, Library of Congress, American Folklife Center
Guha Shankar, American Folklife Center - Library of Congress, coordinates Ancestral Voices, a collaborative knowledge repatriation initiative between the LC, indigenous communities and open source digital platforms, Local Contexts and Mukurtu CMS.

Dr. Kim Christen Withey

Director of the Digital Technology and Culture Program; Director of Digital Projects, Native Programs; co-Director, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, Washington State University
Dr. Kim Christen Withey is the Director of the Digital Technology and Culture Program, the Director of Digital Projects, Native Programs, and the co-Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at Washington State University. She is the founder of Mukurtu CMS (http://www.mukurtu.org... Read More →

Friday April 15, 2016 12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT
Smithsonian (S. Dillon Ripley Center): Room 3035 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW Washington, DC