IHRNA uses open source platform for new website

The Indigenous Human Rights Network Australia (IHRNA) has opted for the open source content management system, Joomla, for its new website.

Hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission and funded by Oxfam Australia, the network serves as a resource for advocates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s human rights.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda, said the IHRNA network “fills a void” for advocates and would ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights were given proper importance in the “development of laws, programs and policies in Australia”.

“Now, with the touch of a keyboard, network members will be able to contact experts for advice or make connections with mentors and other human rights advocates to share information and best practice approaches to protecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ human rights,” Gooda said in a statement.

The website was built by Cairns new media design agency ingeous studios and developed in consultation with several groups, including Vision Australia and other organisations in the US and Canada.

Many of these groups found a lack of social networks developed for the visually impaired. The website also uses third party solutions Solona and Webvisum to accommodate visually impaired users.

A single sign-on module was additionally developed by Ning for integration into Joomla.

The website includes information on making complaints, how to find funding, news and events and provides a social portal for users to connect with other advocates and share information on Indigenous human rights.


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