What are Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels?

Last Updated: Sep 02, 2016 09:38PM PDT
From Local Contexts: “The  Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels are a tool for Native, First Nations, Aboriginal and Indigenous communities to add existing local protocols for access and use to recorded cultural heritage that is digitally circulating outside community contexts. The TK Labels offer an educative and informational strategy to help non-community users of this cultural heritage understand its importance and significance to the communities from where it derives and continues to have meaning. The TK Labels are useful when valuable cultural heritage is in the public domain and appears as though it can be shared and used by everyone. This is often not the case for Native, First Nations, Aboriginal and Indigenous cultural heritage materials and labeling is designed to identify and clarify which material has community-specific, gendered and high-level restrictions. This is especially with respect to important sacred and/or ceremonial material, material that has seasonal conditions of use and/or materials specifically designed for sharing and outreach with others. The TK Labels also provide an option for correcting the public historical record. For instance, a TK Label can be used to include information that might be considered ‘missing’, including the name of the community who remains the cultural custodian of the material, what conditions of use are deemed appropriate and how to contact the relevant family, clan or community to arrange appropriate permissions.”

TK Labels are designed for material that is already considered to be in the public domain and is no longer protected by copyright or when a third party holds the legal copyright. The labels are best suited for older material or when ownership is not clear. The labels are an option for conveying important information about the material. They can be used to include information that might be considered missing from the ‘official’ record, for instance the name of community from where it derives, what conditions of use are deemed appropriate, how to contact the relevant community to arrange appropriate permissions, etc. The labels help users identify sensitive cultural material and, therefore, also help users make informed decisions about how this material should be used and in what ways. The labels are designed to promote the fair and equitable use of expressions of traditional knowledge.



Learn more about Traditional Knowledge Labels at Local Contexts.

Mukurtu CMS includes support for customization of all thirteen (13) TK Labels, and up to four Labels can be displayed on each digital heritage item.

For more information about customizing TK Labels in Mukurtu CMS, read the support article Customizing Traditional Knowledge Labels.