Kim Christen

I am a settler scholar, living and working on the homelands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and the Palus people. I acknowledge their presence here since time immemorial and recognize their continuing connection to the land, to the water, and to their ancestors. I recognize that this territorial acknowledgement is only one step in a larger set of practices that take as their starting point Indigenous sovereignty–in its territorial, material, cultural and intellectual property manifestations. As a settler scholar I commited to engaging in respectful relationships that enable reparative practices, policies, and programming.

At Washington State University, I am a Professor in and the Chair of the Digital Technology and Culture department and the Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation. In my work I collaborate with Indigenous communities to explore the intersections of cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, information ethics, and the use of digital technologies to meet local needs. I collaborate on several projects. I am the director of the  Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal, a reciprocally manages site of Plateau cultural materials; Mukurtu CMS, a free and open source content management system and community access platform designed with the Warumungu community; and the Sustainable Heritage Network, an online initiative dedicated to making the preservation and digitization of cultural heritage materials sustainable, simple, and secure. I am also the co-Director with Jane Anderson, Maui Hudson (Whakatōhea) and James Francis (Penobscot) of Local Contexts, an educational platform focused on intellectual property rights information including Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels for use by Indigenous communities to manage and share their digital cultural materials. This site contains links to my publications, presentations, and projects.

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