Local Contexts Hub

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What is the purpose of the Local Contexts Hub?

The Local Contexts Hub is a web portal that allows Indigenous communities to customize the Local Contexts Traditional Knowledge and Biocultural Labels. When a community has their set of Traditional Knowledge and Biocultural Labels they can apply them and share them nationally and internationally. The Labels support proper recognition and inclusion of Indigneous cultural authority in Indigenous collections and Indigenous data. The Local Context Hub also allows researchers and institutions to generate Notices that identify and disclose Indigenous interests in collections and data. The Local Contexts Hub allows researchers and institutions to connect directly to Indigenous communities and engage collaboratively about adding community Labels.

The Hub works in tandem with already existing information/collections management systems and tools. The Hub generates Labels and Notices (with permanent identifiers) so these can be added into already existing catalogue and collections management systems.

Who can register on the Hub?

Hub registration is available to the following people and entities:
Indigenous communities (e.g. First Nations, Tribes, Bands, Iwi, etc.)
Cultural and Research Institutions (eg. Museums, Libraries, Archives, Universities, Research Institutions, Data Repositories, etc.)
Researchers (e.g. independent researchers)

Individuals can register and create or join multiple accounts. For more about these account types, see: What type of account should I create or join?

I have another question not answered here. Where can I find more information?

Please contact support@localcontexts.org if you require more information.


What type of account should I create or join: community, institution, or researcher?

A community account is for community entities or community representatives, such as Cultural Department, Tribal and Historical Preservation Officers, Community Center, Preservation Office, Community Library, Archive, Museum, Land Council or another community entity. A community account can customize Labels, create Projects, and apply Labels to their own Projects and Projects sent by Institutions and Researchers. A community account also receives notifications about Notices that institutions or researchers may have placed to disclosed a community interest in collections, items, samples or data.

An institution account is for a cultural or research institution and other data repositories, such as archive, library, museum, historical society, gallery, data repository, or university. An institution account can create Projects, apply Notices and notify Indigenous communities about these Projects.

A researcher account is for individual researchers. Researchers can also create Projects, apply Notices and notify Indigenous communities about these Projects.

How can I tell if my community or institution is already on the Hub?

Once you join the Local Contexts Hub, at the top of your screen in the Hub, click on the ‘Local Contexts Register’. This register is a list of the communities and institutions with public profiles that are registered in the Hub. After registering on the Local Contexts Hub, you can send a request to join one of these accounts. If a community or institution account is set to private, ask a member of that account to invite you.

How can I invite others to join my community or institution account?

Administrators and editors in community and institution accounts can invite others to join the account. Within the account, go to the Member page and click ‘Add a Member’. If your new member is already registered on the Hub, you can send an invite using the dialog box that pops up. If your new member is not registered on the Hub, in the dialog box that pops up, find “Looking for someone who isn’t on this list?” and click on “Invite them” to invite them with their email.

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.

How can I connect with others on the Hub?

You can connect with others on the Hub through collaborating on a Project. If you would like to connect with others around the Local Contexts Labels, Notices, and Hub, find out how to join an ENRICH working group and follow Local Contexts on social media @LocalContexts.


Is there a way to receive email notifications about site activity?

At the moment no, but we are building this functionality into our offerings.

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.


What are the different account responsibilities within the Hub?

The different account roles are for community and institution accounts. Administrators are responsible for managing membership and customizing Labels and Projects. Editors are responsible for customizing Labels and Projects. Viewers can see activity happening on the Hub.

Can I remove members from my community or institution account?

Yes. On the Members page, find the member you wish to remove. Click on the three dots in the top right of their card, then “Remove member.”


What are Labels?

Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Biocultural (BC) Labels allow communities to express local and specific conditions for sharing and engaging in future research and relationships in ways that are consistent with already existing community rules, governance, and protocols for using, sharing, and circulating knowledge and data. To learn more about the Labels, visit the Local Contexts website.

What is the Label customization process?

Members of Community accounts can customize Labels. On the Label page of the account, select the Label you wish to customize. An explanation of why to use this Label and the template text will appear below the Label, along with a button “Customize this Label.” On the next page, you can edit the Label template text, and add a local name that reflects your community alongside the Label name. After saving the Label, another member of your community account will review and approve the Label. Once approved, the Label can be applied to Projects.

What is the process for applying Labels to a Project?

After Labels have been customized, members of Community accounts can apply them to Projects. A Project can be created within the Community account or may come from Researcher or Institution accounts a community is collaborating with. When on the Project page, you can apply a Label by clicking the “Apply Labels” button then selecting which Label(s) should be applied.

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?”

Who can customize and apply Labels?

Administrators and editors in community accounts can customize and apply Labels.

Can Labels be edited? Will the original version 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.


What is a Notice?

Local Contexts Notices are specific tools for institutions and researchers which support the recognition of Indigenous interests in collections and data. To learn about the Notices, visit the Local Contexts website.

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.
To learn more about the Labels and Notices, visit the Local Contexts website.

Can Notices be customized?

The text of the Notices cannot be changed or customized. An optional Notice use-statement can be applied for publication or for additional information including contact information. To learn more about how to apply the Notices, visit the Local Contexts website.

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.


What is a Local Contexts Project?

A Local Context Project outlines data/information to which a Notice and/or Label will be applied. The Project has space for project details, contacts, metadata, and disclosures.

Projects can be created by all account types on the Hub. Community accounts can apply customized Labels to Projects they have created and Projects sent to their account from institutions and researchers. Institution and researcher accounts generate Notices with the Projects they create and can send Projects to community accounts.

Can I see other projects on the Hub?

Yes, depending on how the Project privacy has been set up.

Can I make a Project private?

As you create a Project you have three options to choose from:
Public: Accessible to everyone registered with Local Contexts
Discoverable: Accessible for accounts that are notified in Local Contexts
Private: Can’t be accessed by other accounts in Local Contexts

Can I share a Project outside the Hub?

Yes. As long as it is a public Project the link can be shared.

What happens when an institution or researcher notifies a community about a Project?

When an institution or researcher notifies a community about a Project, the Project details are shared with all members of the community account on Local Contexts. The members of the community account can mark the status of the Project as Acknowledged, Labels Pending, and No Labels Pending. If Labels are applied to a Project, the institution or researcher account will receive a notification and the Labels will be visible on the Project page.

Should I contact a community before notifying them about a Project on the Hub?

You don’t have to notify a community before notifying, but it is more likely to have a positive response if there has been some prior contact. This can happen outside of the Hub. 

How can I notify a community about a Project if they are not on the Hub?

Yes. You can add their contact information and the Hub will send an invite to join the Hub.

Can Projects be edited? Will the original version 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.

What does “No Labels Pending” mean for my Project?

Community accounts will select the “No Labels Pending” status when the community is not interested in applying a Label. This decision could be for many reasons and should be respected.

Where can I see what Labels or Notices have been applied to a Project?

You can view the Labels and Notices that have been applied to a Project on the individual Project page. When on the Project page in an account, click on the “View Project” button.

How can I share Labels that have been applied to a Project?

Labels are shared through the API.

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 don’t 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: www.LocalContexts.org

With regards to technical support, documentation on the Hub’s API can be found on the API GitHub page. 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 GitHub 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 GitHub 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 APIs? Is Local Context planning for “push” or “pull” API?

The Local Contexts Hub’s API is read only which is “pull.”

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

There are no API keys.