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Mukurtu: Digital Heritage Items

What are Digital Heritage Items?

A digital heritage item is one of the core content types in Mukurtu. It can be items,  records, belongings, objects, songs, stories, or any other sort of tangible or intangible heritage. They can be any kind of media such as images, audio, videos, or documents. Digital heritage items are constructed around one or more media assets and the corresponding metadata. A digital heritage item must include the following: a title, the item itself, what community the item belongs to, what protocols are in place for the item, and its category. A digital heritage item can also include the following: a brief description of the item, keywords, the date of the item, its creator, contributors, the language, the rights of the item, the source, traditional knowledge labels, identifiers, related items, dictionary words, and more. The majority of content on a Mukurtu site is digital heritage items.

Creating a Digital Heritage Item

To create a Digital heritage item, you must be a user with either the steward protocol or contributor role. Under ‘Add Content’ in the main menu, select ‘Digital Heritage.’


The Digital Heritage item creator has two sections: the main metadata fields and the media library. Any media you want to be included in a digital heritage item must first be uploaded to your media library. There are five tabs for the metadata of a digital heritage item: Mukurtu Essentials, Mukurtu Core, Rights and Permissions, Additional Metadata, and Relations. 

Under 'Mukurtu Essentials,’ you can add a title (required) and a summary, upload the media for the digital heritage item, select communities (required) and protocols (required) that should be applied to the item, item sharing settings (required), and categories (required), and more.

Under 'Mukurtu Core,’ there are three rich text fields and a keyword field. Here, you can add a cultural narrative, traditional knowledge, and/or a description. These fields can work together to provide different layers of knowledge and attribution. Media can be embedded within these fields. 

Under ‘Rights and Permissions,’ you can provide more information about access, use, and rights management. The Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels are under this tab.

The 'People' and 'Transcription' fields are under the ‘Additional Metadata’ tab, along with fields for the format, type, identifier, language, source, subject, location, and a location description.

The ‘Relations’ tab can be used to manage connections across content and search within the collections, related digital heritage items, related dictionary words, community records, and book pages. 

Editing a Digital Heritage Item

Once created, digital heritage items can always be updated or edited as needed. To edit, select ‘Edit’ from under the ‘Item Menu.’