Technical outputs are under development in Github:

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From the Indigenous Data Network (IDN) home page:

This network was established in 2018 to support and coordinate the governance of Indigenous data for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to decide their own local data priorities. Led by a Steering Committee of experts and stakeholders and the founding partnership between the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University and the Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), the IDN is a national network of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, university research partners, Indigenous businesses and government agencies and departments.

This webpage is to communicate the work being trialled within the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) HASS Research Data Commons and Indigenous Research Capability Program projects, specifically the Improving Indigenous Research Capabilities (IIRC) Project.

Technical outcomes are in progress and finalisation is subject to the consensus and agreement of the communities of Indigenous research data custodians that will support the project partners.

Improving Indigenous Research Capabilities (IIRC) Project Plan

The IIRC project is one of four activity streams of the ARDC's HASS Research Data Commons program.

The following picture represents the project as a series of rivers flowing into a lake. Hover over the text to see a summary, and click the circles or text to open the relevant section of the project plan in a new tab.

Alternatively, you can jump into these particular parts of the full IIRC project plan by clicking the links below (opens in a new tab/window).

About the Improving Indigenous Research Capabilities Project

Representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers, organisations and communities across Australia, this project will apply national and international frameworks of Indigenous Data Governance (IDG) and Indigenous Data Sovereignty (IDS) to collectively strengthen the foundations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander data governance principles, which will be translated and applied to Indigenous research data tools and infrastructure.

The program will achieve this by working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to determine their engagement with, and aspirations for, their data. The program will be delivered by the development of three parallel streams of activities:

  1. Development of social architecture: Indigenous data governance and sovereignty
  2. Development of technical architecture: Building the foundations for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Data Commons
  3. Core National Indigenous Data Assets: Building an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Spatio-temporal Framework.

Collectively, the three activity streams will lay the foundation to build national Indigenous research capabilities, framed by a set of agreed Indigenous Data Governance principles that can leverage existing data assets, linking them with new and existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander data assets. This project will generate a detailed account of research data ecosystems, including how research data is distributed and used for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The IIRC project is one of four activity streams of the ARDC's HASS Research Data Commons program.

The core objectives of the Indigenous Research Capability program are to:

  1. collectively agree on, and apply, a set of uniquely Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Governance Principles;
  2. enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and researchers to manage their data sustainably;
  3. establish the breadth and depth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research data available across Australia that are relevant to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  4. develop the foundations of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Commons; and
  5. value adding through access to appropriate aggregation and analysis tools.

The project framework embeds Indigenous Data Governance and Sovereignty across all streams of activities.

Technical outcomes

Technical outcomes are in progress and finalisation is subject to the consensus and agreement of the communities of Indigenous research data custodians that will support the project partners.

The following technical outputs are under development: