Many residents of Australia hear a "Welcome to Country" or "Acknowledgement of Country" at events, but do not understand its deep significance, or the importance of country to Indigenous Australians. Many people are unaware of just how many diverse Indigenous nations and peoples exist in Australia. We have designed a site combining Australian Open data such as native title and significant Indigenous locations with a new idea - community curated Acknowledgement of Country in languages other than English. We intend to extensively SEO the site to attract curious people searching for terms such as "acknoledgement of country", "aboriginal land" and LOTE terms. This will allow all Australians, no matter how recently arrived, to acknowledge the custodians of the land and understand and explore their connection to Country.
We utilise a range of seed and data.gov.au geographic data along with OpenData from other sources such as https://native-land.ca/ and wikidata along with a newly generated community language dataset for acknowledgement of country. We provide feedback mechanisms on Australian data sources to allow indigenous citizens input into how and what is presented.
Evidence of Work
NSW state heritage register
Description of Use: locations of site significant to indigenous australians
Description of Use: add "read more" links
australian heritage database
Description of Use: 20000 national sites of interest
Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS) Web Services
Description of Use: add contect to country
Description of Use: supplies name of indigenous nations based on geocode data
Indigenous Protected Areas (IPA) - Dedicated
Description of Use: Context for Country
Commonwealth Heritage List
Description of Use: added context for indigenous info
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