The Inuit Knowledge Wiki & Social Mapping Platform
SIKU, the Inuktitut word for sea ice, will be a social media mapping platform and mobile app designed with and for inuit combining traditional knowledge and tools with cutting edge technology. It will improve novel ways to document and mobilize youth, community health, education and environmental stewardship.
Learn about how SIKU will create a living wiki for Inuit knowledge.
Users can contribute to profiles as well as tag photos and comments with profiles for sea ice types (using Inuktitut terminology), wildlife, traditional place names and more to document local knowledge and observations. Profiles can be cross-referenced to map and timelines, providing a systematic way to organize and mobilize knowledge for community use.
Learn about how SIKU will allow Inuit to document their stories and knowledge for community benefit.
As an integral part of culture, storytelling is a powerful way to pass on knowledge between generations. Whether it is sharing traditional knowledge or modern hunting stories, SIKU users can use culturally relevant mapping tools, photos and timelines to share their stories and make informed decisions about how their intellectual property is used.
Sea ice conditions are changing, which can make travel on the ice more dangerous. Learn about how SIKU helps Inuit share knowledge to stay safe.
Sea ice conditions are changing, which can make travel on the ice more dangerous. Tools for documenting ice conditions can help more experienced hunters share observations with younger people to alert them of dangerous areas and ice types using photos and Inuktitut sea ice terminology. SIKU will also integrate many existing services including satellite imagery, weather and tide reports into a single place, helping people make informed decisions when heading out on the land.
Learn about how SIKU integrates traditional approaches with cutting-edge technology.
Our community-driven research and monitoring programs benefit from the knowledge of experienced hunters and community leaders. We can bolster this knowledge and fill gaps with cutting-edge technologies. Aerial drone imagery can help map areas with dangerous conditions. And our ongoing street view mapping initiatives let people around the world experience the floe edge and sea ice ecosystems from their homes and classrooms.
Learn about how SIKU will be a hub for culturally relevant educational resources for northern schools.
Inuit students are bright and enthusiastic, but lack appropriate learning resources for math and science in the north. We believe relevant curriculum that draws on northern life will help keep them engaged. SIKU will expand our platform for interactive educational resources and lesson plans, and provide up-to-date content linked to results from community-driven research programs. We see huge potential for computer-savvy youth to connect with elders and other knowledge holders through many of SIKU’s features.