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Copyright Statement

All content on this website is the intellectual property of the extended Chagossian community. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, copyright is held by The University of Edinburgh and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives 4.0 International License (CC-BY-NC-ND).

You may use the material on this website for your own private study, non-commercial research and activities, and instructional or educational purposes. If you decide to use material on this website, you must abide by our Terms of Use (see below), and you must attribute the source of the material and the copyright holder. In addition to the above, you must contact Laura.Jeffery@ed.ac.uk to request permission from the relevant copyright owner to republish the material on a public website or within a work for publication in any medium. The contents of this copyright statement may be amended in the future and it is your responsibility to check the statement each time you plan to reproduce material from the website.

Terms of Use

If you use or contribute to this website, or use material on this website, you must abide by these Terms of Use and accept our Copyright Statement (see above). If you do not agree to be bound by these terms you must not use or contribute materials to the website.

You agree not to:

  1. Use the website for any activities that are illegal under UK law or under the law of your country of residence

  2. Compromise the security of the website

  3. Do anything that may corrupt or impair the performance of the website

  4. Attempt to access any secure area of the website

  5. Impair anyone else’s enjoyment or use of the website

  6. Contribute any obscene, distressing, harassing, defamatory, discriminatory or offensive material

  7. Do anything that may infringe the rights of others, including any copyright rights.

Informed Consent

The CHAGOS: Cultural Heritage Across Generations project is steered collectively by Chagossian organisations based in Mauritius and the UK. The items featured on this website were produced during a series of workshops and other events in Mauritius and the UK during 2017 and 2018. At all events, the event organisers undertook an informed consent process with all participants. The consent form provided information about participation in the event, recording of activities, the use of the recordings on the website, the identifiability of participants, and the right to withdraw. Information was provided in Kreol and English, and orally and in writing, as preferred by individual participants. Only items for which written informed consent has been received from participants are available online.

Take-Down Policy

Should you believe that content has been uploaded without the consent of contributors or identifiable persons, or that any of the content is illegal, or infringes any of your statutory rights, email Laura.Jeffery@ed.ac.uk to request that your concern is discussed by the project team and its Chagossian advisors. If your complaint is deemed reasonable, the contentious item/s will be removed until the dispute has been resolved.

Omeka Website

This website is run on Omeka, a free and open source digital platform designed especially for archivists, communities, scholars, librarians, and museum professionals.

On this website, Chagossian heritage material is presented through Exhibits. Exhibits are organised around specific aspects of Chagossian culture: coconut handicrafts, coconut preparation, cuisine, medicinal plants, and sega music. Exhibits contain information about cultural practices and values, which provides historical and social context to Items.

Items are individual images, videos, or text files. You can visit Items via the Exhibits pages, search for Items by using the search bar at the top right hand corner of every page, or browse through all of the Items individually by clicking ‘Previous’ and ‘Next’ at the bottom of each Item page.

At the bottom of every Item page, there is a set of icons which allow you to share the Item via various social media platforms, and a citation which states who created the Item, the date it was created, the title, and the URL of the Item. This citation includes Dublin Core elements. Dublin Core is an internationally-recognised and widely-adopted schema, particularly for cultural heritage archiving.

Privacy Statement

We are committed to protecting your privacy and keeping you informed of how your information is used.

Use of cookies by the CHAGOS project website

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The CHAGOS website project makes limited use of cookies. These are detailed below.

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We would tend to make minimal use of such cookies, limited generally to video and map embeds, as well as Google Analytics. For specifics relating to those cookies, please see the University’s third party cookies listing.

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