Gurumba bigi

Project Info

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Project Description


Our vision is to showcase a small number of aboriginal Queensland languages by providing easily accessible, engaging, and interactive resources.


Data Story


Down through generations, the Aboriginal people's stories, were told orally, but were never written down.

Our Gurumba Bigi initiative is centred around cultural and educational exchanges to showcase and strengthen aboriginal languages from Queensland and Torres Strait Islands.
We launched into this project because approximately 90% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages are endangered. By showcasing these languages, current and future generations might have the opportunity to learn from and connect to these diverse communities and their unique languages.

To facilitate this project, we combined multiple data sources. For instance, we extracted data from the State Library of Queensland via the data.qld.gov.au website. In this data we found words for anatomy, animals, and greetings.
We also collectected data from AUSTLANG database to get the location points of the selected languages. And used free images from Pixabay.

We are addressing two regional challenges
How might we showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages?
How might we use Queensland spatial information to find out where languages are from?

Our vision is to showcase a small number of aboriginal Queensland languages by providing easily accessible, engaging, and interactive resources. We created an interactive map where you can see the locations of the respective languages, you can pick an animal and learn the words for it, or you can follow along the song “head, shoulders, knees and toes” in an Indigenous language using the Body section of the website.

To implement the website we used multiple tools, such as Python, Flask, Javascript, CSS, R and PowerBI. It is currently hosted on PythonAnywhere.
Roadmap:.

We would love to make it even more interactive, by adding additional languages and words. A full 3D model of a person with descriptive anatomy words shown in the model, as well as corresponding sound files for correct pronunciation.


Evidence of Work

Video

Homepage

High-Res Image

Team DataSets

Trove API

Description of Use: We used to Trove to find information on Indigenous Agricultural practices.

Data Set

State Library of Queensland - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages word lists

Description of Use: We have used this to source the words for our project.

Data Set

AUSTLANG dataset

Description of Use: We used this data set to get approximate locations of the languages around Queensland and Torres Strait Island.

Data Set

Challenges

Indigenous Languages

Region: Queensland

Challenge

Queensland OpenAPI

Region: Australia

Challenge

Environment and Science Data

Region: Queensland

Challenge

🌟 Unearth references to Indigenous agricultural practises by searching archival records

Region: Queensland

Challenge

Spatial Information

Region: Queensland

Challenge

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