New projects


Building on established grant-funded projects, the CDSC will extend the Mukurtu CMS platform as a primary way to engage with the challenges and possibilities for digital collections management, sharing, and curation at multiple scales and with multiple publics. Mukurtu will form a core technology for building new types of digital workflows, archival projects, data curation practices, and research sharing at multiple scales.

Ongoing projects

Ongoing projects at the CDSC build on established partnerships and University collections including:

The Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal

The Portal is a collaboratively curated and reciprocally managed online space providing access to Plateau cultural materials housed in Washington State University's Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections (MASC), the Museum of Anthropology and our national partners including the National Anthropological Archives and the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution. The Portal is built on Mukurtu CMS and is a collaboration between the Plateau Center at Washington State University and the Spokane, Colville, Umatilla, Coeur d'Alene, Warm Springs and Yakama nations.  The materials in the portal have been chosen and curated by the tribes, who provide traditional knowledge, cultural narratives and additional materials to the portal as a means of expanding and extending the archival record.

Plateau Peoples Web Portal Screenshot

The National Park Service Nez Perce Historic Images Collection

The Nez Perce National Historical Park Research Center is operated and maintained by the Resource Management Division of the Nez Perce National Historical Park located in the Visitor Center at Spalding, Idaho. It is the policy of the National Park Service that its natural and cultural resources shall be made available for educational and scholarly purposes.  The research center collection is non-circulating but available through on-site use to assist in the study and interpretation of Nez Perce history and culture. The park library collection consists of approximately 3000 items including books, theses, dissertations, reports, periodicals and reprints. The catalog for the NPS library collection is available online at The center also houses the park archives and donated manuscript collections including historical photographs, maps and architectural records, audio/video and microform material.

The National Park Service Nez Perce Historic Images Collection

Nez Perce Screenshot

The Sustainable Heritage Network


The Sustainable Heritage Network is a collaborative platform that provides hands on and virtual training in the digital lifecycle of cultural materials. Aimed specifically at the needs of tribal archivists, librarians, and museum specialists, the SHN makes information and educational resources accessible for the preservation of digital cultural heritage and traditional knowledge. Within the network, institutions and communities work together to provide each other with digital tools and preservation assistance. We call this Collaborative Stewardship.

The Tribal Stewardship Cohort Program

The TSCP is focused on providing educational opportunities for tribal archivists, librarians and museum professionals in hands-on and virtual trainings provided using a small cohort model to stress practical skills and replicable processes. Our goal is to promote understanding of the entire digital lifecycle, from physical object, to digitization, with a focus on providing community access to collections. The program is funded by a three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Scholarly Communication Services and Open Access Initiatives

Scholarly communication services at the WSU Libraries are designed to help researchers to rapidly and inexpensively circulate their scholarly work to a worldwide audience. Services include use of Research Exchange (WSU's institutional repository) to share scholarly work, support for open access publishing, and resources to assist with data management and assessment of scholarly impact.

Scholarly Communication Services and Open Access Initiatives Guide

Faculty Projects

FirstPerson: A Digital Storytelling Workshop

Rebecca Goodrich, Senior Instructor of English, and Assistant Director of Digital Technology and Culture at Washington State University, will be leading a series of digital storytelling workshops at the CDSC. The first workshop took place during the first week of August, where six women from Columbia Plateau Region tribes participated. During the three days of workshop they identified a personal story to share, developed the story elements to appeal to a wider audience and told their story with still and moving images, voice recordings, and music. They also learned to scan images, locate copyright-free images and music, edit video clips and photos, and add titles and credits to their digital projects.

Graduate Student Projects

Projects list coming soon.