We have developed a database to store all cultural information gathered and recorded, including photographs, stories, audio and video recordings, research publications, news items and other relevant information.
The aim of the database Jawoyn Cultural Site Management System is to provide cultural information to the Jawoyn people in an easily accessible format.
The database also delivers access at different levels. The system requires the user to enter demographic information, and provides access to certain data based on their details. This ensures appropriate cultural information is made available to those who have the right position to view it. For example, secret men's sites can only be seen by Jawoyn men who are a certain age.
It's believed that upon completion, the database will possibly be the largest single cultural heritage database in the world, and an exceptionally valuable resource not only for Australia and Aboriginal people but for future generations around the world.
The database was initially designed as the Uluru Kata Tjuta Cultural Site Management System developed in conjunction with the Department of the Environment and Heritage, Water and the Arts. Through support from the Indigenous Heritage Program, the system was refined and expanded to suit the needs of Jawoyn people and Jawoyn Lands.
Development of the database has involved the community at all stages and appropriate modification of the interface is now being finalised to provide easy access to community school children.
The database is being made available for access at special information stations being set up in Katherine, Nitmiluk National Park and in remote communities. In particular, it has a special focus on providing information to Jawoyn youth and school children.