Mukurtu Workshop April 14, 2015

On Tuesday, April 14, I led a Mukurtu workshop in the SLIS (School of Library and Information Studies) Computer Lab. This was my first time leading a workshop, and although the audience included just a handful of people, it was a great group and we were able to have a comfortable, in-depth conversation about Mukurtu.

I started the workshop by giving a small presentation (PowerPoint attached below) on the POSOH Project , the origins of Mukurtu, and the future of the POSOH Digital Library. We then walked through some aspects of Mukurtu together, created a Community together, created a Cultural Protocol together, and then each of us attempted to create a digital heritage item.

I made the mistake of  using TIFFs rather than JPEGs for the digital heritage items I had planned for participants to use during the workshop. The files were too large and the system got clogged up, causing difficulty with the hands on portion. I was the only one who was able to upload my picture in a reasonable amount of time (less than five minutes). We ended up going through the process together with me in the driver’s seat. This hiccup didn’t affect the results of the workshop. We all ended up having a great discussion about the different aspects of Mukurtu. It was a truly rewarding experience.

Things I learned from this experience:

  • Use JPEGs rather than TIFFs for workshop images to be used to create digital heritage item
  • Practice uploading items to the SLIS computers beforehand
  • Go through the workshop a couple of times beforehand, practice, practice, practice
  • Bring handouts

There are always improvements to be made and I look forward to adjusting the workshop for the next time. I am hoping to have another workshop at the end of May 2015 in order to showcase the newest version of Mukurtu, Mukurtu 2.0. Stay tuned for more information!

Here is the PowerPoint from the workshop: POSOH Digital Library Presentation – Workshop copy

Please contact me with any questions: amgauthier@wisc.edu