Using modern technologies to capture and share Indigenous astronomical knowledge

Martin Nakata*, Duane Hamacher, John Warren, Alex Byrne, Maurice Pagnucco, Ross Harley, Srikumar Venugopal, Kirsten Thorpe, Richard Neville, Reuben Bolt

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Indigenous Knowledge is important for Indigenous communities across the globe and for the advancement of our general scientific knowledge. In particular, Indigenous astronomical knowledge integrates many aspects of Indigenous Knowledge, including seasonal calendars, navigation, food economics, law, ceremony, and social structure. Capturing, managing, and disseminating this knowledge in the digital environment poses a number of challenges, which we aim to address using a collaborative project emerging between experts in the higher education, library, archive and industry sectors. Using Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope and Rich Interactive Narratives technologies, we propose to develop software, media design, and archival management solutions to allow Indigenous communities to share their astronomical knowledge with the world on their terms and in a culturally sensitive manner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-110
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Academic and Research Libraries
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • cultural astronomy
  • data management
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • intellectual property


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