Knowledge Organization in Support of an Indigenous Worldview: A Community Driven Metadata Framework for the Inuvialuit Digital Library

Sharon Farnel


Digital libraries are online platforms for organizing, sharing, and providing access to resources. Ideally, they are developed by, with, and for specific user communities. Metadata frameworks, as integral components of digital libraries, should also reflect the needs and serve the interests of those communities. In this paper I report on one aspect of my research working collaboratively with members of the Inuvialuit community in the northwestern part of Canada to explore and articulate a culturally responsive metadata framework for their digital library of cultural resources.

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