Indigenous Data Sovereignty in Action

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22 Nov 2019
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Meeting objectives: 

This Interest Group meeting will include presentations and discussions of Indigenous data sovereignty and governance in practice, both by Indigenous Peoples within their own nations and communities, and through relationships with those that steward Indigenous data.

Meeting agenda: 

Welcome to Country [10m]

Introduction [10]

Panel Presentations (TBD) [30]

Discussion [40]

Target Audience: 

This meeting is aimed at researchers working with Indigenous Peoples, nations, communities, or their data (i.e., data about Indigenous Peoples and nations/communities, including lands and resources) and those involved in research data governance who are interested in how Indigenous Principles are enacted within the research data domain. This includes those with interests in data and human rights, social justice, digital citizenship, data ethics, the CARE and FAIR Principles, and collective/community rights.


This IG meeting is one of four Indigenous data sovereignty focused events at the P15 RDA Plenary in Melbourne. The following events will be convened:

1. Workshop, full day co-convened event

2. Joint session with the FAIR Data Maturity Working Group.
3. Birds of a Feather Session on Traditional Knowledge Tags/Biocultural Labels.
4. IG session (this event)

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

The global call for Indigenous data sovereignty—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. At the same time, researchers, data repositories, and data service operations are increasingly aware of the need to choose and prioritise data governance and stewardship mechanisms that align with Indigenous rights and Indigenous aspirations to improve data quality and functionality.

The RDA International Indigenous Data Sovereignty IG was formed in response to the need for a wider understanding of Indigenous data sovereignty, providing an avenue and space for high level collaborative engagement in the rapidly developing environment of Indigenous data. 

The goals of the International Indigenous Data Sovereignty IG 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.

Short Group Status: 

The Indigenous Data Sovereignty IG formed in 2017. The primary output thus far has been the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance ( in September 2019. Current efforts focus on implementing the CARE Principles and identifying use cases of Indigenous data sovereingty in action.

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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