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Launched: 2007
Record Updated: Apr 25, 2024
Archive information management system
Digital asset management system
Mukurtu (MOOK-oo-too) is a content management system and access platform built with Indigenous communities to manage, share, and circulate their digital heritage in culturally relevant and ethically-minded ways.


Mukurtu (MOOK-oo-too) is a grassroots project aiming to empower communities to manage, share, narrate, 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.

Technical Attributes

Open Code Repository


Maintenance Status

Actively maintained

Technical Documentation


Open Product Roadmap


Open API


Hosting Options & Service Providers

Hosting Strategy

Hosting through third party only

Service Providers

What other tools and projects does your project interact with?

Local Contexts (Traditional Knowledge Labels and Notices)

Community Engagement

Code of Conduct

In Progress

Community Engagement


Contribution Guidelines or Fora


Code License


Organizational Commitment to Community Engagement

Regional Mukurtu Hubs are centers for support, development, and deployment of Mukurtu CMS to Community Spokes and other interested individuals and organizations in their areas. While the core Mukurtu team continues to provide support to anyone interested in Mukurtu, the Hubs take on local support and outreach wherever possible using their existing connections and regional expertise. Staff dedicated to support and community engagement.

User Contribution Pathways

  • Contribute to code
  • Contribute to documentation

Policies & Governance

Governance Summary

Mukurtu CMS is managed by the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at Washington State University, which is governed by a Board of Regents. Additional governance development is in progress.


Commitment to Equity & Inclusion


Privacy Policy


Web Accessibility Statement

In Progress

Governance Activities

In Progress

Governance Structure & Processes

In Progress

Transparent Pricing and Cost Expectations


Additional Information

Organizational History

In 2007, Warumungu community members collaborated with Kim Christen and Craig Dietrich to produce the Mukurtu Wumpurrarni-kari Archive. In 2010, Kim Christen received a $50,000 Digital Startup Grant for Mukurtu, followed by a $319,000 implementation grant in 2013 that lead to the alpha, beta and then the 1.0 release of Mukurtu CMS. After releasing Mukurtu CMS 2.0, based on Drupal, 7 the team at the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation has led the technical and organizational direction of Mukurtu CMS with support from the Insititute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Organizational Structure

Business or Ownership Model

Fiscal sponsorship (academic institution)

Full-time Staff



Primary Funding Source