International Indigenous Data Sovereignty IG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Paul Uhlir
IG Established

The call for Indigenous data sovereignty (ID-Sov) —the right of a nation to govern the collection, ownership, and application of its own data—has grown in intensity and scope over the past five years. To date three national-level Indigenous data sovereignty networks exist: Te Mana Raraunga - Maori Data Sovereignty Network, the United States Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network (USIDSN), and the Maiamnayri Wingara Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Sovereignty Group in Australia. Similar initiatives are underway in Hawaii and Sweden. Currently, these networks are engaging in an informal, and somewhat adhoc fashion, to share information and strategies, hold joint events, and collaborate on research. In the last two years alone this spirit of collaboration has produced four events, six joint panel/workshops initiatives, and a co-edited book, Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Toward an Agenda. Freely available online, the book had about 2,000 downloads within a month of publication, reflecting the very high level of interest in ID-Sov. These efforts notwithstanding, there are resource and infrastructure constraints to advancing the shared goals and aspirations of these ID-Sov stakeholders. What is needed is a more robust and coherent international collaboration to achieve impactful outcomes at the intersection of Indigenous data sovereignty, Indigenous data governance, and research.


The goals of the International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Interest Group are clearly aligned with the RDA mission of creating a global community to develop and adopt infrastructure that promotes data-sharing, data-driven research, and data use. Those of us already involved in the national-level networks are strong advocates for data-driven research and data use, and are also working in varied ways to build data capabilities beyond academic institutions, so as to benefit Indigenous communities. Through more effective collaboration, we seek to provide a highly visible international platform for ID-Sov that integrates and leverages existing ID-sov groups to create new opportunities for research and outreach. We also seek to attract new stakeholders beyond our current networks, including researchers, data users and indigenous communities. To that end all three existing ID-Sov networks have developed strong relationships with Indigenous stakeholders including tribes, Non Governmental Organisations, and Indigenous policy institutes, and researchers.

Recent Activity

28 Mar 2018


Hello International Indigenous Data Sovereignty IG!
During the RDA P11 Dinner I spoke to Ruth Duerr about a conversation she had with this IG on possibly including your recommendations in AGU practices and policies.
Could you please direct me to the right person to discuss this?
Thank you,
Shelley Stall
Shelley Stall
Director, Data Programs
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2000 Florida Ave., NW | Washington, DC 20009

30 Oct 2017

Identifying ethical issues in the collection, sharing, curation, access, and use of data

Hello ID-Sov IG,
I got the following information earlier and thought this group might have important input to the conversation. I looked for a website with additional information, but could only find the dates of the upcoming meeting – I am assuming the event website will go up soon.

23 Aug 2017

[id-sov] Spam removed

Hi all,
My apologies for the recent spam. I have removed the post and the user, and will do the same should other spam come up. I won’t bother you all again with the notification about it, just wanted to share our approach with the ID-Sov group.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and many thanks for your patience,
Lynn Yarmey
Research Data Alliance/US
Director of RDA/US Community Development
RDA Secretariat

22 Mar 2017

Added Admin permissions for Tahu

Hi Stephanie and Tahu,
Just a quick email to test your group mailing list, and to let you know that I’ve added group administration permissions for Tahu as co-chair. Tahu, you should now be able to edit the page, etc.
Many thanks!
Lynn Yarmey
Director of Community Development
Research Data Alliance/US
RDA Secretariat