What is a Cultural Protocol?

Last Updated: Sep 02, 2016 07:45PM PDT
Cultural Protocols are one of the three core elements of every Mukurtu site and provide users with appropriate access to content. The other two core elements are Communities and Categories.

Each cultural protocol exists within a community, and each community can have multiple cultural protocols. Digital heritage items are placed within at least one cultural protocol and can then be viewed by users who are also members of those protocols.

There are two types of cultural protocols: open and strict. Digital heritage items within an open protocol can be viewed by anyone (including anonymous site visitors), while items within a strict protocol can only be viewed by members of that protocol. Multiple protocols can be layered to ensure that users can only view items appropriate for them, and to provide very granular access. For example, if an item is part of the two strict protocols ‘Women Only’ and ‘Elders Only,’ then only users who are members of both the ‘Women Only’ and ‘Elders Only’ protocols can view that item.

Some examples of cultural protocols could be gender-based (male only, female only), age-based (elders only, no youth), seasonal access only, clan or tribal affiliation, secret/sacred, community only, or public access/open.

For more information about creating and managing cultural protocols read the support article How to Create Cultural Protocols.