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Rematriation Project

Increasing data capacities in frontline communities

This co-produced, environmental justice-focused data and professionalization project with Aqqaluk Trust—a tribal organization in NW Alaska—is aimed at increasing capacities in frontline communities for digitizing local collections, creating an online archive that is designed for Iñupiaq users, and increasing digital and data literacies. This project is creating protocols for equitable research partnerships between academic, philanthropic, and tribal organizations to serve frontline communities.

The first iteration of this project is the digitization of the professional papers of Caleb Lumen Pungowiyi, a Siberian Yupik leader and climate change advocate. The Caleb Scholars Program (on whose board of directors I serve) will act as the custodian of Caleb's professional papers once the digitization is complete.

The co-produced project is a collaboration between Aqqaluk Trust, Virginia Tech English, and Virginia Tech University Libraries

Collaborators include:

  • Corina Qaaġraq Kramer, Director of Operations, Aqqaluk Trust, Kotzebue, Alaska

  • Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq, Assistant Professor, Professional and Technical Writing, Virginia Tech

  • Chris Lindgren, Assistant Professor, Technical Communication and Data Visualization, Virginia Tech

  • Kara Long, Metadata Specialist, Virginia Tech University Libraries

  • Erin Yunes, CLIR Post-doctoral Fellow, Virginia Tech University Libraries

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