Arctic Eider Society
of Inuit knowledge and
social mapping platform for
Arctic Eider Society
SIKU: A living wiki-archive of Inuit knowledge and social mapping platform for northern communities
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.
Participatory mapping tools 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.
Safety on the sea ice
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.
Support 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.
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.
If we win, the funding will be used to:
- Develop the online infrastructure and mobile app, based on our highly successful prototype (IK-MAP)
- Centralize tools and services for northern communities including up-to-date sea ice imagery
- Conduct workshops and consultation with Inuit communities and organizations across the Arctic
- Provide training and mobile devices to hunters and youth for documenting observations as a part of meaningful employment in community-driven research programs
- Work with Inuit knowledge holders to expand the Inuktitut terminology features and profiles for sea ice, wildlife and traditional place names
- Implement many new tools and features requested by Inuit!