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Yakutia implements project to digitise Arctic indigenous heritage

According to the project manager, Anatoly Zhozhikov, Head of the UNESCO Department at North-Eastern Federal University, all the necessary work on the Russian part is 100% complete.

18 April 2023

The North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) in Yakutia is implementing a project to digitise the heritage of indigenous peoples of the Arctic under the Science and Universities national project, reports the Russian National Projects portal, citing the university's press service.

'The study is being conducted as part of the Priority 2030 work. The NEFU project "Digitalisation of the Linguistic and Cultural Heritage of Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic" is one of the country's main projects in the Arctic Council, aimed at supporting and developing cultural and linguistic diversity in the North and digitalising the cultural and linguistic heritage sites of Northern peoples,' the university specified.

A joint effort between Rosreestr and NEFU has already been undertaken to populate the geo-information map of indigenous languages of the Arctic. The map includes spatial data based on information from the 2020 census, such as historical maps of the settlement of small indigenous peoples of the North, as well as information on people's proficiency in their native languages.

The next step is for the Arctic Portal to include data on the linguistic and cultural heritage of the 40 small indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East in text, audio and video formats.


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