Roots Radar

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Sumant Kadam , Megha Narchal , Niketan
#preservingaboriginal #guardianship #community

Data Story

Roots Radar: Preserving Aboriginal Heritage Through Digital Mapping and Community Guardianship

In response to the critical threat climate change poses to Aboriginal cultural sites, we introduce an innovative solution named "Roots Radar." This integrated approach synergizes the "Digital Cultural Mapping Platform" and "Community-Driven Climate Guardians" concepts to fortify our cultural heritage against climate impacts.

Roots Radar leverages cutting-edge technology, community participation, and data insights. Through meticulous steps, we forge a powerful shield for our cultural landmarks:

  1. Cultural Mapping Mastery:
    By fusing data from NSW Land Registry Services, NSW State Heritage Inventory, and ASDST Coastal Middens Current Model, we create a vivid tapestry of our heritage. A dynamic map, meticulously crafted using GIS, showcases site boundaries and historical significance. Ownership details from NSW Land Registry Services enrich the experience, fostering a deeper understanding of these cherished sites.

  2. Climate Guardians Unleashed:
    Empowering local heroes as "Climate Guardians" is pivotal. Armed with knowledge from New South Wales Weather and Warnings Summary, NSW nearshore wave buoy parameter time series, and Mid North Coast Vegetation data, they become climate sentinels. Equipped with user-friendly tools, they document climate nuances and site conditions with precision.

  3. Collective Wisdom and Action:
    A virtuous circle blooms as guardians collaborate with traditional custodians. This collaborative spirit fuels data interpretation, revealing trends, and possible threats. The community's insights are a beacon guiding preservation strategies, rooted in tradition yet adaptable to modern challenges.

  4. Amplified Awareness:
    The mapping platform acts as a beacon, illuminating real-time climate data and vulnerability insights. This transparency empowers informed decisions, fosters awareness, and fuels advocacy for the cultural legacies that make our land unique.

Roots Radar ensures our cultural heritage thrives amidst climate turbulence, with knowledge, unity, and reverence at its core. Together, we transform into guardians of our past, present, and future.

DATA Sets Usage Information:
For Community-Driven Climate Guardians:
We leveraged New South Wales Weather and Warnings Summary, NSW nearshore wave buoy parameter time series, and Mid North Coast Vegetation data to train community members in climate monitoring. Equip them with tools to record changes and feed data into the digital cultural mapping platform. Collaborate with traditional custodians to interpret findings.

For Digital Cultural Mapping Platform:
We Integrated data from NSW Land Registry Services, NSW State Heritage Inventory, and ASDST Coastal Middens Current Model to create an accurate map of cultural sites, including their legal ownership, historical significance, and vulnerability to climate impacts. And then incorporated GLAM data for additional cultural context and overlayed weather data and wave buoy parameter time series to monitor real-time climate impacts.

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Challenge Entries

Discover Heritage: Unravel your local stories

Ignite a passion for heritage and bridge the gap between people and their cultural roots. How can the community discover the untold stories of their local heritage and understand its universal value. How can we create lasting impact by preserving traditions, building community bonds, and boosting local economies through heritage tourism.

Go to Challenge | 12 teams have entered this challenge.

Cultural Coasts: Empowering Aboriginal site protection amidst climate change

As climate change threatens our precious coastal areas, ancient Aboriginal cultural sites are being damaged and pose the very real risk of losing them forever. How do we use climate data to protect them and help empower communities to preserve these irreplaceable cultural landmarks?

Go to Challenge | 3 teams have entered this challenge.

Enhancing heritage inventory: Bridging the knowledge gap

Knowledge is power. The State Heritage Inventory contains data gaps that impact the effective management and protection of our irreplaceable heritage items and Aboriginal cultural sites. How can open-source data enhance the inventory and deliver better outcomes for our state heritage, Aboriginal cultural heritage and our community?

Go to Challenge | 6 teams have entered this challenge.

Using Open Data to Close the Gap

How can we improve the data and information sharing practices between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations to Close the Gap?

Go to Challenge | 7 teams have entered this challenge.