Putting Indigenous data back in community hands

Categorised: COLLABORATE, Newsletter

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), through its Data and Services Discovery Activity, is collaborating with the Indigenous Data Network (IDN), coordinated by the Indigenous Studies Unit at the University of Melbourne, on understanding current data management practices around Indigenous data assets.

The IDN consists of a network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations engaged in the holding, controlling, and processing of data generated by and about Indigenous Australians. The IDN will conduct a national survey to document the extent, substance, integrity, and security of these data assets in order to develop a coherent linkage framework. Currently the data assets are held by a variety of organisations, including Indigenous-controlled research organisations, state and federal government funded galleries, libraries, archives, and museums, and a range of service providers.

By linking together multiple distributed data assets, Indigenous Australians gain more effective access to, use, and oversight of information that has been collected by different research and administrative organisations. In order to facilitate the interlinkage of nationally distributed data assets, the IDN is developing a national governance framework, technological infrastructure, and data management training program for Indigenous research organisations. The IDN work in equal partnership with Indigenous communities to safeguard the advancement, transmission and preservation of Indigenous knowledge systems, and to help improve health, education, employment, legal, and cultural heritage policy and service delivery. 

Results from this project will be discussed at the Data and Services Summit on Monday 21 October at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane. Visit our Summit event page for more information.

Indigenous data network
Indigenous data network: Used with permission from the University of Melbourne