Stewardship of Indigenous Peoples’ Data: Use Cases for Repositories and Collections

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26 Jan 2021
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Collaborative session notes:

This Interest Group meeting continues a series of use case panel presentations. At P17, this panel will focus on discussions of Indigenous data sovereignty and governance in practice through relationships with those that steward Indigenous data.

Meeting agenda: 

Welcome and Introduction [15m] (Stephanie Carroll, University of Arizona, USA)

Panel Presentations [45m; 15m each]

  • "Enacting Indigenous Data Governance in a national longitudinal study in Australia (Mayi Kuwayu)," Ray Lovett, Australian National University

  • "Implementing the CARE Principles within Environmental and Earth Science Data Repositories," Margaret O'Brien, University of Santa Barbara, USA

  • "Holistic climate change data: better rights, better policy," Adrien Tofighi-Niaki and Ramin Soleymani, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Discussion [30m] (Robyn Rowe, Laurentian University, Canada)

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 session is one of four Indigenous data sovereignty focused events at the P17 RDA Plenary. The following events will be convened:

1. Joint session with the FAIR Data Maturity Working Group: Implementing the CARE Principles: Developing the CARE Criteria
2. IG Session: Stewardship of Indigenous Peoples’ Data: Use Cases for Repositories and Collections (this session)

3. IG Session: Indigenous Data Governance: Community Use Cases

4. Co-Located Event: GIDA & ORCID - Soberanía de Datos Indígenas: Avanzando hacia CREA (Español)

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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: 

With the Global Indigeous Data Alliance, the Indigenous Data Sovereignty IG primary output thus far has been the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance ( and group member participation in the RDA COVID-19 Recommendation and Guidelines, including and Indigenous data focused section jointly issued with GIDA.

Type of Meeting: 
Informative meeting
Meeting presenters: 
Moderator: Maui Hudson, Stephanie Carroll Presenters: TBD