The values and beliefs of First Nations peoples knowing and being: people, place and spirit recognised within and as part of the natural environment.
Security of values and beliefs of Australian First Nations people is crucial for the functioning of the knowing and being of place, people and spirit recognised within, and part of, an extremely complex dynamic and varied natural environment.
The web-map delivers a spatial visualization of a geo-referenced list of publications based on the theme of Australian Indigenous Biocultural Knowledge (AIBK). The aim of the map is to provide an indication of the diverse and geographical representation of AIBK material, contextualise the information into a ‘map narrative’, a term used to describe a map that is extremely focused and exists to tell the story of the data in the clearest way possible. Utilizing this concept of the ‘map narrative’, the underlying message that this knowledge cannot be ignored in Australian ecological debates, decision making and management becomes delineated.
The spatio-temporal mapping of publications will allow the user to easily identify important AIBK literature and its context in time and space. It will also incorporate a number of other layers to gain insight into relationships between AIBK and other environmental and social variables. The reference list will contain important attribute data for pop-up display such as publication author and date which can found using a search tool. They will also be sorted into various categories allowing for effective filtering.
The Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS) has supported the delivery of the web site and web-map with the intention that after initial start-up the site be handed over to the community.