The Indigenous Data Network: Restoring Community Control over an Intangible Asset
The Lab, Level 2 of the Digital Studio, West Wing
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Australia's national trade in Indigenous data lacks a centralised governance structure. Stockpiles of information about Indigenous peoples, harvested over 231 years of colonial administration, remain distributed across a nationwide archipelago of disconnected archives, libraries, and government warehouses. The value of this information to Indigenous communities and individuals is amplified by the vast quantities of data that it contains, regarding health, education, employment, justice, and cultural heritage. Based at the Indigenous Studies Unit, University of Melbourne, the Indigenous Data Network (IDN) has been established to link together and audit these orphaned datasets, and to establish a national federation of Indigenous-controlled organisations to govern access, storage, and distribution. This seminar outlines the founding principles informing the IDN's objectives and strategies.
Part of the Indigenous Australia and Digital Futures seminars series.
Image: Indigenous Data Network logo, supplied.