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Community-driven Developments of Nunaliit - Amos Hayes

1:15 PM, Sunday 6 Oct 2019 (30 minutes)
Nunaliit ( is a tool for interactively collecting, connecting, presenting, and preserving knowledge with a special focus on highlighting the connection of knowledge to the land. It has been co-designed over the past 15 years with a global group of community knowledge holders and researchers, academic researchers, and organizations at all scales. It is specifically used by Inuit community organizations and Inuit-guided research projects for mapping traditional knowledge of the land, documenting languages, exploring digital collections of artworks and cultural heritage objects, preserving important cultural stories, and planning for community growth. This talk will focus on new developments by the Nunaliit community and their significance to Inuit data sovereignty, digital capacity building, and Inuit-led knowledge mobilization. Examples include:

- A Community Knowledge Bank to combine mapped knowledge of the land, museum digital collections, language, and archaeology knowledge into a system owned by and residing in the community and accessible via a large touch display while simultaneously being synchronized with a system at a data centre in the south for wider internet access and backup.

- Community preservation of traditional hunting and fishing knowledge and the implementation of live collection and community display of harvest and safety data by hunters while they are out on the land.

- Knowledge and skill mobilization through cross-community workshops and collaborations.

- Inuit-centred approach to collections management and reunification of digital collections from museums.

- Multi-party management and synchronization of data collections.

- Building the best available systems to ensure Inuit authoritative source and licensing data to others.

Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre, Carleton University
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