Localisation of Indigenous Content: Libraries and Knowledge Centres and the Our Story Database in the Northern Territory

Localisation of Indigenous Content: Libraries and Knowledge Centres and the Our Story Database in the Northern Territory

Jason Gibson (Independent Researcher, Australia), Brian Lloyd (Researcher, Australia) and Cate Richmond (Northern Territory Library, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-997-2.ch007
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Abstract

The Northern Territory Library‘s (NTL) Libraries and Knowledge Centres (LKC) program is one of a number of programs across Australia designed to bring ICTs and Indigenous people together within an appropriate technology / community-networking framework. A center-piece is the use of the Our Story database to hold and display both repatriated and contemporary, including born-digital, cultural material relevant to local communities. The LKC model is distinctive in that it is fully implemented, uses proven technology, has a consistent framework of program delivery, and a clear business case. However there continue to be fundamental questions on striking a balance between technical innovation and sustainability; the capacity of the program to expand while maintaining support in geographically remote areas; and the challenge of maintaining a relationship of trust with local communities. Reviewing the challenges of the Our Story / LKC program sheds light on key reasons why ICT-based community-networking projects succeed or fail.

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