MISSION

Mukurtu (MOOK-oo-too) is a grassroots project aiming to empower communities to manage, share and exchange their digital heritage in culturally relevant and ethically-minded ways. We are committed to maintaining an open, community-driven approach to Mukurtu's continued development. Our first priority is to help build a platform that fosters relationships of respect and trust.

What is Mukurtu?

Mukurtu is a Warumungu word meaning 'dilly bag.' Like the dilly bag, Mukurtu CMS is meant to be 'a safe keeping place' for cultural knowledge and a catalyst for ongoing dialogue about sharing, making and reproducing cultural materials and knowledge.

The software project began as a response to the specific archival needs of the Warumungu Aboriginal community in the Central Australian town of Tennant Creek. After the Mukurtu Wumpurrarni-kari archive launched in 2007, communities worldwide shared their desires to have a similar platform for their own cultral heritage management.

Mukurtu CMS was born from the expressed needs of these communities as they sought to find a solution for the management and preservation of their cultural materials following their own social and cultural systems.

Why Community Development?

Mukurtu CMS is an ambitious project that seeks to fit the needs of a broad base of community users. With a growing international community now measured by hundreds of organizations and contributors, development priorities are set by those actively using Mukurtu for their digital heritage needs.

The best way to assure Mukurtu's sustainability is by being responsive to rapidly changing content management trends while also respectfully recognizing that indigenous communities have clear understandings of what it means to manage and care for their cultural materials.

Our goal is to couple best practices in digital curation with new innovations in open source content management, blend in responsive workflows from digital archives, libraries and museums, and respond to the sophisticated needs of an engaged, global user base.

Mukurtu CMS is built on top of Drupal to ensure a safe and secure evolving platform. With this as our base Mukurtu has become a community of users who are passionate about caring for digital cultural heritage.

Mukurtu is a free and open source digital archive platform distributed under the terms of a GNU General Public License (or GPL).

FEATURES

What makes Mukurtu CMS unique. Get in touch and join the community to help keep development thriving!

COMMUNITY

Mukurtu CMS is being used in community-driven development projects worldwide.

GET STARTED

Mukurtu is free to use, adapt and build upon. In order to create a thriving community of MOOK-oo-toers we offer a variety of options to get you and your community started.

Premiere Partner Program and Demo Site

We created the Mukurtu Premiere program and demonstration site to allow you to have a direct voice in our feature development. We want to know how Mukurtu can best suit your needs.

Join Premiere and gain access to our shared testing platform. We will send you a login/password for our Premiere demo site where you can test all of Mukurtu's features, provide feedback, and kick the tires before diving in with your own installation.

Premiere will always have the latest updates and features from our development sprints. Content is wiped out from time to time to keep things tidy, but your login will persist. Members of the Premiere program enjoy full technical support by the development team.

This is the best way to get started with Mukurtu CMS.

Hosted Installation

We are pleased to offer a fully hosted solution for Mukurtu CMS on Pantheon hosting. Pantheon provides secure, enterprise-ready servers designed to run smoothly and scale to your needs. If you choose this solution our staff will install your own development instance of Mukurtu where we can push updates, security patches, and help you maintain the installations. We set it all up for you, provide you a login and password and you are good to go. You and your developers can have full access to the backend and code, so it's a win-win for us all.

These instances are free for you to test as development sites, and you may download your entire installation codebase, all content and data at any time to host your site yourself. Pantheon offers a range of affordable server options for taking your site live and scaling your site for high volume traffic and massive content archives. Pantheon hosted solutions will be updated periodically with the newest releases, and enjoy full technical assistance by our support team.

During our development phase (through 2013), this is our preferred way to work with you once you've played with the Premiere demo site.

Download the Code

If you are tech savvy, you can download the code and setup your own instance of Mukurtu CNMS from our repository in GitHub.

Currently, we can set you up with access to the codebase through GitHub. Just sign up with GitHub, send us your username, and we'll hook you up with the code and basic installation instructions.

We are developing a fully public repository of the codebase.

Please note: We can only offer basic support for this option.

Contributing as Developers

Developing Mukurtu CMS in an open and public way is important for the platform's overall usability, sustainability and security — the more eyes on the codebase, the more secure and usable it will be.

Right now the code is in a private GitHub repository. It will be publicly available soon, along with more information about installation, a page on Drupal.org, contribution workflow, and our development issue tracker.

We are looking for interested developers to help work on this project. See if your organization can help support your time to develop features for Mukurtu. If you would like to develop features, squash bugs or help improve the installation process, please let us know.

See the Releases section for more technical details about the platform's features and security.



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RELEASES

Mukurtu began development in 2007. Since porting Mukurtu CMS to Drupal, we have followed the Agile development model, striving to deliver new functionality quickly and iteratively. We are working with the worldwide Mukurtu development community for testing and bug squashing.

Server

  • Mukurtu is designed to work on tuned-for-Drupal dedicated cloud-based servers such as Pantheon, OpenShift, Amazon Web Services or your own servers.
  • Mukurtu requires extensive resources and tuning, and may run into memory issues on shared-hosting platforms. Be sure to tune your server for PHP, Apache and MYSQL memory and timeouts.

Platform Technical Features

Mukurtu leverages many widely adopted Drupal modules to provide a powerful, secure web archive for digital cultural heritage.

  • Customized Dashboard enabled for finding administration shortcuts.
  • Entire platform is based around a very structured “Digital Heritage” content type.
  • Customized integration of Organic Groups. OG is patched to allow for strict, community and open content sharing.
  • Media module is used extensively. Coupled with Oembed for embedded multimedia.
  • Customizable, HTML5, CSS3, responsive theme uses Omega base theme. You can extend this theme with your own subtheme, or upload new CSS files to override colors. Out-of-the-box, Drupal allows you to change the logo, site name and other personalized information.
  • Uses Features to manage components of the Mukurtu platform
  • Feeds used for importing content.
  • Services enabled for generating an API.
  • Drupal core integrates with the Pantheon platform (which will allow Apache Solr and Redis to be enabled.) Pantheon uses an adaptation of Pressflow, a modified version of Drupal for performance and scalability, so Mukurtu goes fast!
  • Panels enabled for creating custom homepage presentations.
  • Example module for building API-based web-apps from Mukurtu.

Security FAQs

Mukurtu is designed with server security, digital preservation and community access in mind. Check out our Security FAQ.

Contributing

Developing in an open and public way is very important for Mukurtu’s overall usability, sustainability, and security -- the more eyes on the codebase, the more secure and usable it can be.

Right now the code is in a private GitHub repository, but soon will be publicly available along with more information about installation, a page on Drupal.org, contribution workflow, and our development issue tracker.

We are looking for interested developers to help work on this project. See if your organization can help support your time to develop features for Mukurtu.

If you would like to develop features, squash bugs, or help improve the installation process, please let us know.

SUPPORT

Stay in touch with us. We need your help to find bugs, create new feature requests, define case studies and discover ways to use Mukurtu we haven't thought of yet!

We offer support for quick troubleshooting and documentation to help you get the most out of your Mukurtu experience.

We also have a dedicated support portal where you can find FAQ's, video tutorials and other excellent resources.

Happy Mukurtu-ing!