Local Contexts: Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous Cultural Heritage

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Kim Christen
Cultural Commodification, Indigenous Peoples & Self-Determination Public Symposium
May 02, 2013

This presentation introduces Local Contexts, an educational website that includes an introduction to a set of innovative traditional knowledge (TK) license and labels being developed in a response to Indigenous communities' needs. 

Local Contexts aims to provide a concrete option for Indigenous and local communities to manage their intellectual property rights and interests in documentation, digitization, sharing, and exploitation of their digital cultural heritage according to their own desires and aspirations. The license and label options are intended to cater to the unique needs of Indigenous, local and traditional communities in terms of access and control, based on customary rules, protocols, guidelines and models for appropriate use of cultural heritage materials. Local Contexts is being developed in partnership with WIPO and IPinCH, Murkurtu, the Center for Digital Archaeology and Dr. Jane Anderson.

Kimberly Christen is a Professor in and the Director of the Digital Technology and Culture Program, and Director of Digital Initiative for the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University. She is an IPinCH Associate. This talk was presented at the IPinCH Cultural Commodification, Indigenous Peoples & Self-Determination Public Symposium held on May 2, 2013 at the University of British Columbia.