Community Information Systems (CIS) is defined as a
map-based multimedia information system in which the
traditional knowledge is documented by community members
using digital video, audio-recording, digital photos and written text, stored
on computers and managed and communicated through the
interface of an interactive map.
hyperlinked map consists of points, lines and polygons that
clicked on to link the viewer to related multimedia and
emphasis on multimedia (and in particular audio and
video) to record and share traditional information more
closely emulates the traditional form of knowledge
transfer particularly in oral based cultures.
the CIS implementation is the use of a participatory
process. Community members shape the CIS objectives and
determine what information to record. School children
and other individuals are selected from the
community and trained in the use of the equipment for
information gathering, editing and management. Trained community
liaise with elders and other knowledgeable individuals
in the community in order to develop the CIS.
process helps bridging the generational divide and
encourages community members, particularly the youth, to
learn about their
intangible cultural heritage
socially relevant and engaging context, as well as
acquiring contemporary computer skills.
Image and text
courtesy of Jon Corbett,