Saturday, July 25, 2009

Friday, July 24th, UBC to Deep Cove


Today we toured an anthropology museum, walked a botanical garden (through it and above it), had lunch with friends, and then joined them on a cove bank lawn to listen to a reggae band (Mostly Morley). Ah, another day in paradise.

The University of British Columbia is always an enjoyable stop for any lover of Northwest Native American Art. Of particular interest to us now is the impending opening of their Reciprocal Research Network, an online database of the collections of 13 major collections, including UBC, the Royal Ontario Museum, Museum of Archeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, Pit Rivers Museum at the the University of Oxford, and the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution. It was developed by The Musqueam Indian Band, Sto-lo Nation, and the Umista Cultural Society.

The RRN is designed to overcome major existing barriers to cross-cultural research by providing easy and intuitive access to heritage hooused at multiple institutions through one facetted interface. It is a virtual infrastructure that enables communities, cultural institutions, and researchers to communicate and research. Users can build their own collections, collaborate on shared projects, record stories, upload files, hold discussions, research museum collections, and create social networks.

It can be accessed at Reciprocal Research Network

We're going to have a lot of fun with this.

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July 24th

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