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Kakadu National Park

ESS has worked with Kakadu National Park (KNP) to develop and implement a cultural information management system (CIMS). KNP use this tailored CIMS to record, store, search and summarise various types of important data (such as document, photos, video, files) relating to cultural heritage places, objects and knowledge. A mapping interface permits spatial features (e.g. sites, areas, tracks) to also be entered or loaded into the system. Importantly, the CIMS is only accessible to specific authorised individuals, which effectively makes the CIMS a “safe keeping place” for cultural information related to the Park.

The CIMS has provided KNP with a range of benefits, including:

  • A single point of call for accessing information relating to cultural entities and values including traditional knowledge, cultural sites, and artefacts
  • A significant reduction the risks of losing cultural heritage information
  • Leading edge cultural heritage information management practices to other World Heritage National Parks;
  • The capacity to meet KNP’s obligations under the EPBC Act 1999 and to conform with the agreement with the World Heritage Organisation;
  • Opportunities for Bininj (local Aboriginal people) to retain and maintain information relating to heritage assets including objects, sites and knowledge;
  • A foundation for systematically monitoring and protecting important sites and areas of cultural and natural significance throughout KNP.

In future the KNP CIMS will also be used for operational/management purposes, with users entering forms relating to the maintenance or state of cultural heritage features. The system will have the capability of reporting back to managers on any sites, areas or objects requiring maintenance or monitoring.

Solutions provided:

Cultural heritage and traditional knowledge recording

Cultural mapping

Traditional knowledge guardianship