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Words, ontologies and Aboriginal databases

Christie, Michael J. (2005). Words, ontologies and Aboriginal databases. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources,116(August):52-63.

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Title Words, ontologies and Aboriginal databases
Author Christie, Michael J.
Journal Name Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources
Publication Date 2005
Volume Number 116
Issue Number August
ISSN 1329-878X   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 52
End Page 63
Total Pages 12
Publisher School of English, Media Studies and Art History and the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland
Field of Research 1608 - Sociology
1605 - Policy and Administration
2002 - Cultural Studies
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Aboriginal people are increasingly making use of digitising technologies for their cultural and educational work. However, databases are not innocent objects. They bear within them Western assumptions about the nature of knowledge, and how it is produced, which may inhibit or undermine the intergenerational transmission of Aboriginal knowledge traditions. Words (or text strings), for example, have a particular constitutive function in Aboriginal epistemology, which implies a rethinking of traditional structures and uses of metadata. Knowledge and truth are understood more in terms of performance than content, which implies something about how digital resources are to be configured and represented. This paper looks at collaborative work done developing a database to support the ongoing work done by Yolngu (northeast Arnhem Land Aboriginal) people in keeping their knowledge traditions strong.
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