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Research with Indigenous Communities

Cultural & Intellectual Property

Indigenous Peoples have the right to own, manage, and control their cultural and intellectual property (copyright, patents, trademarks, etc.) including around traditional knowledge and cultural heritage.

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Local Contexts supports the intellectual property and cultural heritage rights of Indigenous Peoples by providing a framework (metadata, persistent identifier, and icon) for asserting Indigenous rights. Using customizable Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Biocultural (BC) Labels Indigenous Peoples can tag digital content with controls for access and use. TK and BC Notices can be employed by institutions and researchers to identify data or collections that may be of interest to Indigenous Peoples or that may require review. Researchers can apply a Local Context Notice to their scholarly outputs as an acknowledgement of Indigenous rights and interest.

Indigenous-led Initiatives & Resources

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