Capacity Building using social networking sites

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Title

Capacity Building using social networking sites

Subject

Session 8
Pacific Islands region: Building UCH Capacity

Description

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) is a country characterized as having the most dispersed set of islands in the Pacific Region. The RMI Historic Preservation Office (HPO) is responsible for preserving and managing the underwater cultural heritage (UCH) which spans nearly two million square kilometers (km2) of ocean. While the task is daunting, we realize that other Pacific Island nations face similar challenges. At this time, the RMI-HPO office is fully staffed with an Anthropologist and Archaeologist, while some of our affiliated offices in the Micronesian region do not staff one or the other and in some cases do not have either. With our offices spread out across the Pacific Region, and preservation programs characterized by limited funding, short staffing, and reliance on contracted professionals, collaboration on preservation work can be instrumental in protection of the UCH.

We are small island offices with limited resources, but a larger community of countries whose interconnectedness can be traced to prehistory. With our invaluable UCH to care for, we propose the utilization of popular social networking tools to build capacity. Building a communication site online where we share resources, information and project ideas would be a first step in tackling some of the issues that compound our work. This paper explores several avenues of technology to build capacity, and is the first step towards the creation of a collaborative network.

Creator

Stevens Titiml

Date

November 2011

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Citation

Stevens Titiml, “Capacity Building using social networking sites,” The MUA Collection, accessed December 13, 2017, http://www.themua.org/collections/items/show/1249.

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