Indigenous Data Sovereignty - Implementing Traditional Knowledge and Biocultural Labels - the practicalities

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02 Dec 2019

Indigenous Data Sovereignty - Implementing Traditional Knowledge and Biocultural Labels - the practicalities

Submitted by Stephanie von Gavel

Meeting objectives: 

VIRTUAL MEETING - Wednesday 8 April 2pm (AEST)

Indigenous Data Sovereignty (IDS) emphasizes the development of mechanisms that support Indigenous control and governance over Indigenous data. This session will focus on how the FAIR and CARE principles can be practically translated through adapting and extending an already existing Indigenous digital provenance tagging system: the Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Biocultural (BC) Labels. The TK Labels are a digital intervention to bring Indigenous rights and interests into institutional information, catalogue, classification standards, and metadata contexts where they have historically been erased, excluded or marginalized. The new Biocultural Labels are leveraging TK label development to address similar concerns about proper provenance and recognition of inherent authority and responsibility in relation to data (e.g. genomic) for indigenous flora and fauna. The TK/BC labels are currently in development and implementation in the US, Canada and New Zealand.

The session will focus on how the TK/BC labels would operate in Indigenous relevant biological, environmental and genomic data/platform contexts and at different points along the information supply chain - including knowledge sharing (Indigenous knowledge holders/data providers), collection (data management apps/software) and aggregation, and looking to applications or use cases that support Indigenous aspirations including knowledge transfer/revitalisation, decision making and commercialisation. Other meeting objectives including understanding how the labels represent a mechanism that supports the implementation of the Nagoya Protocols (e.g. FPIC, ABS), and proper provenance and transparency in research alongside responsible sharing of data across multiple national data platforms. It will try and map key social architecture components (social, institutional, economic) impacting TK/BC label development and adoption by various actors within an Indigenous relevant data ecosystem or information supply chain, and issues associated with the protection of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP).

Meeting agenda: 
  • Information session: setting the scene and providing framing for discussion session.
    • Stephanie von Gavel (CSIRO) - introductions and overview of context (15 min)
    • Maui Hudson (University of Waikato) - TK and BC labels (30 min)
    • John Locke (Biocultural Consulting) - Indigenous perspectives - personal, professional, strategic (15 min)
    • Dan Robinson/Margaret Raven (UNSW) - protocols and protection (15 min)
  • Discussion session (30 min) - depending on number of participants may need to do via the Chat function in Zoom with speakers answering questions. Designed to connect across different stakeholders/actors across the information supply chain - understand respective issues and collaborative opportunities with respect to TK/BC development and adoption - and report back on themes and next steps. 
Type of Meeting: 
Informative meeting
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Note International Indigenous Data Sovereignty interest group and GIDA (Global Indigenous Data Alliance) will be holding a pre-conference workshop (possibly in context of health) with the Indigenous Data Network; and a joint session with the FAIR data maturity group around implementing FAIR and CARE.


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