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Looking for Iwi and digitisation initiatives

By natlib.
Where can I find some examples of protocols that have been well received for archiving institutions regarding their digital holdings held on behalf of Iwi? We are looking for examples where other Iwi or cultures have established those memorandums or processes and procedures related to digital 'taonga' and have addressed issues around accessibility to those digital holdings. Also who do I make contact with regarding looking at a joint project around digitisation - building a digital library for communities? [Originally asked by Thalea on December 03, 2008, on www.digitalnz.org]

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Anonymous says:

One of the best first contact points you can make around protocols for digital holdings of archival and heritage material is National Services Te Paerangi at Te Papa. They offer assistance for iwi, hapū and whānau in their culture and heritage initiatives, and may be able to provide successful examples of protocols.

The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre has recent experience of digitising text on culturally sensitive subject matter. If you are up for a bit of reading, Samantha Callaghan presented an excellent paper 'Digitisation and Mātauranga Māori' to the November 2008 LIANZA conference in Auckland. You can check it out on the LIANZA website. They were able to develop some new access and digitisation policies as a result. You can contact the Centre directly through their website www.nzetc.org.

We suggest a good starting point for building a digital library is to have a look at the open source Kete solution built for the Kete Horowhenua project and now being widely used for the roll out of the Aotearoa People's Network. You can learn more through the Kete blog kete.net.nz/blog or the Aotearoa People's Network website www.peoplesnetworknz.org.nz . You might also want to check out Te Pūtē Routiriata o Taranaki - Kete Taranaki Reo, a community digital archive set up by Taranaki Whānui using the Kete software, kete.taranakireo.co.nz.

Anonymous says:

If you're looking to catalog objects, don't forget the Ngā Ūpoko Tukutuku / Māori Subject Headings http://mshupoko.natlib.govt.nz/mshupoko/ and the Iwi-Hapū Names List http://iwihapu.natlib.govt.nz/iwi-hapu/index.htm