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Can the TK and BC Labels be used together?

Yes. The TK and BC Labels were designed to be used separately and/or together.

Do I need permission to use the TK Labels?

Using the TK Labels does not require permission. You will need to register on the Local Contexts Hub to customize the TK Labels and deliver them to institutional contexts or data repositories. Reach out to the Local Contexts team to get the process started.

Guide To Indigenous Land And Territorial Acknowledgements For Institutions
See here.

How long does it take to develop BC Labels?

The community customization of the BC Labels is a collaborative process. How long it takes will depend on the scope of the project and how many BC Labels you’d like to develop. The Local Contexts Hub facilitates the process and allows for community vetting and authorizations.

How long does it take to develop TK Labels?

The community customization of the TK Labels is a collaborative process. How long it takes will depend on the scope of the project and how many TK Labels you’d like to develop. The Local Contexts Hub facilitates the process and allows for community vetting and authorizations.

What is the difference between a Label and a Notice?

Labels are for use by Indigenous communities and local organizations to clarify their rights and the nature of their relationship to the collection or data. Label text can be customized by the community and translated.

Notices are for use by researchers and institutions to identify Indigenous rights and interests. Notices are not customizable.

Over time, community-generated Labels will replace Notices within digital systems.

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Can a TK or BC Notice be added without community approval?

Yes. The Notices work to activate researcher and institutional responsibility to identify potential Indigenous rights and interests. Decolonial research methodologies insist that Indigenous interests should be addressed and included in any research at the first instance. This means that Indigenous peoples are more likely to be connected to the research and its results and derive benefits from it in the future. Adding the Notice, as a first step, opens the space for those rights and interests to be clarified and expanded on by Indigenous communities over time.

Can I use the Institution Notices for my Institution?

The Institution Notices were designed to be applicable to any institution or repository. If you’re interested in using the Notices at your institution, please check the additional resources for getting started, or reach out to the Local Contexts team.

Can the TK and BC Notice be used together?

Yes. The TK and the BC Notice were designed so that they could be used separately and/or together.

Could I use a TK or BC Notice in a publication?

Yes. The Notices were developed to make visible existing Indigenous rights and interests that derive from research contexts. Increasingly publishers are supporting greater transparency and integrity in research, and the Notices help do this. If you are interested in using a Notice for a publication, please contact the Local Contexts team.

How do the Notices operationalize the CARE Principles?

The Notices operationalize the CARE Principles for the Governance of Indigenous Peoples Data. Specifically, they help researchers and institutions make clear and visible Indigenous rights as a standard research responsibility. By connecting Indigenous peoples to research conducted on Indigenous lands and waters, the Notices also increase capacity for Indigenous peoples to derive collective benefit from this research. The Notices support the application of Labels which reflect Indigenous ethics and protocols of engagement, collaboration and partnership.

Is there a relationship between the Notices and the FAIR Principles?

Historical Indigenous collections are extremely difficult to find because they are mis-labelled, misattributed, or have missing information. This makes an ongoing connection to collections by Indigenous peoples and communities a very slow and labor-intensive process. The Notices will help make Indigenous collections and data Findable and Accessible in the future. The Notices will help make Indigenous collections and data FAIR.

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As an Indigenous researcher, can I use Notices and Labels?

Yes. You can add a Notice at any time during your research. You may also develop Labels for your community working with the appropriate community authority/ies.

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How can the Local Contexts tools benefit our community?

All the Local Contexts tools work together to support the proper recognition of Indigenous rights and interests in traditional knowledge and biocultural data. Each Local Contexts tool requires collaboration between communities and institutions and/or communities and researchers. The TK Labels communicate ongoing Indigenous relationships, obligations, and responsibilities to information and data as well as expectations for its future circulation. Their implementation encourages researchers and institutions to adopt new practices.

How can Institution Notices benefit our community?

The Institution Notices are specifically for archives, museums, libraries, universities, and data repositories that are engaging in processes of collaboration and trust building with Indigenous and other marginalized communities who have been excluded and written out of the record through colonial processes of documentation and record keeping. These Notices are useful to communities because they communicate in what capacity institutions are willing to work with Indigenous and local communities.

How does a community know if a Notice has been added to a collection, sample, or data?

The Notices are generated in the Local Contexts Hub. When a Notice is generated, a notification can be sent directly to the relevant community. If they are also users of the Local Contexts Hub this can be done automatically. If not, an email notification can be sent to the relevant community or the notification sits in the Hub until the relevant community connects to the Hub.

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How can Institution Notices help our Institution?

Institution Notices are a valuable asset for any university, museum, library, archive, cultural organization or data repository. They communicate to Indigenous communities and local organizations that an institution is open to collaborate and willing to do the work of going through collections to determine what items need proper cultural attribution and additional community perspectives.

The Institution Notices are a pathway for implementing TK Labels from Indigenous communities, and can start the process of meaningful collaboration between institutions and communities.

How do we implement Institution Notices at our institution?

Implementing Institution Notices at your university, library, museum, cultural organization or data repository is easy to do. Please contact the Local Contexts team as we are happy to talk through the small steps needed.

Notices can be displayed on institutional landing pages, website pages and promotional/marketing materials of institutions to easily signify to Indigenous communities and organizations that the institution is either open to community collaboration, or that cultural information regarding materials and exhibitions is missing or incomplete. You can also easily link back to the Local Contexts project so visitors can get more information on the Notices as well as learn about the TK Labels and Licenses.

Find more information in our Institution Notices Style and Usage Guide here.

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The Hub

Can I invite others to my Researcher account?

Researcher accounts are for individuals. Unlike community and institution accounts, others cannot join a researcher account. The individual is a single member of the account. You can have multiple accounts — for example, an individual can be a member of their community’s account and have a researcher account. Individuals with researcher accounts can collaborate with others by adding them as a contributor to a Project within the Hub.


Who can see my profile? Who can see my account? What information is visible?

All account profiles and their basic information, for instance organization or entity name, location, description, and number of members and Labels/Notices applied, are visible on the Local Contexts Registry. Individual user profiles are not visible.

What is the difference between user settings and Account settings?

On the My Profile page, click on Settings to update your personal information, such as your name, email, and password. When you are in an account, click on Settings to update that account’s information, such as the account’s name and contact person.


If I have existing Labels, how do I enter them on the Hub?

Existing Labels can be added to the Hub by following “What is the Label customization process?”

Will the original version of a Label be retained for archival purposes?

Editing Labels will not be available in Version One of the Hub but edits to Label text will be implemented in future Hub versions. Similarly, archival versions of Labels will be retained but this function is not yet in place for Hub v1.


If I have existing Notices, how do I enter them on the Hub?

Notices on the Hub are generated through Projects. To add existing Notices to the Hub, members of institution and researcher accounts can create a Project on the Project page of their account.


Will the original version of a Project be retained for archival purposes?

Editing a Project will not be available in Version One of the Hub but edits to the Project’s text will be implemented in future Hub versions. Similarly, archival versions of Projects will be retained but this function is not yet in place for Hub v1.

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Application Program Interface (API)

What support will Local Contexts provide with integrating these tools into Institutions; both technical support and providing conceptual guidance for members of our staff who do not yet know about the Local Contexts Hub?

A wealth of introductory information as well as examples of Labels in use can be found on the Local Contexts website.

With regards to technical support, an API Implementation Guide is available on the Local Contexts website and documentation on the Hub’s API can be found on the API GitHub. As we further develop the Hub, video tutorials will be added; please feel free to send any questions, comments, or issues to our team as we appreciate your thoughts and feedback.

How will connecting my internal Institutional tools (mainly Collections Management Tools), CMS, etc. work with regards to connecting to the Local Context Hub?

Connecting your institutional tools to the Local Context Hub will occur via our API. Please see the API Implementation Guide page.

Our Institution is a network made up of other, independent Institutions. Is it possible to have those independent Institutions register for the Hub on their own? If they do create their own accounts, will we still be able to see their activity?

Institutions and researchers can always register on the Hub on their own. Through the Hub’s API, institutions are searchable via their unique ID (which is auto-generated when the institution registers with the Hub). Projects are searchable by their unique ID or title.

Similarly, researchers are assigned an auto-generated unique ID upon registration which is searchable.

Institutions or researchers will be associated with the projects that they create. For more information on finding unique IDs, please see the API Implementation Guide page.

Are there unique identifiers assigned to Notices and their subsequent Projects? To Institutions? To Communities?

Unique IDs are assigned to Projects created in the Hub.

Will there be software updates and what will be the frequency?

October 2021 is the soft launch of Version One (V1) of the Local Contexts Hub. Thank you for your interest, contributions, and patience as we continue to refine this tool in order to make it as useful and effective as possible. Subsequent major versions may follow in the future and will appear as V2, V3, and so on.

What is the redundancy and nature for the API? Is Local Contexts planning for PUSH or PULL functionality?

Currently, the Local Contexts Hub’s API is read-only/PULL requests only.

What will be the requirements for authentication and use of API keys to access these services?

Currently, there are no API keys required to access the Local Contexts Hub API.

Will there be dates outside of the above where the site will be unavailable?

Yes, sometimes certain errors on the site will need to be fixed as soon as possible in which case the site will go into maintenance mode to get it fixed fast.

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