Game technology stores virtual heritage

MINING companies and property holders wrestling with native title requirements to document traditional cultural heritage could benefit from a novel application of computer game technology.

A computer simulation that allows users to explore Sydney Cove prior to white settlement in 1788 provides a glimpse of the sorts of applications that mining companies could develop, its creators say.

Called Virtual Warrane, the simulation is on display at Sydney's Customs House until May 6. Virtual Warrane is part of a broader initiative to capture indigenous knowledge on computer systems, which can then be used to protect, preserve and promote Aboriginal knowledge.

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