Data repatriation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
ATSIDA seeks to ensure the return of Indigenous knowledge that is documented in research projects. When researchers are providing datasets to ATSIDA, they are asked to identify materials from the full dataset to be hosted on the ATSIDA community website for community access.
The ATSIDA web site allows online access to a variety of digital media and associated contextual information. A common experience within communities is that repatriated materials can become dispersed as individuals take possession of materials that relate specifically to themselves and their families. The ATSIDA process offers ongoing and timely access to materials for all community members.
Working with communities
Digital repatriation of research data is an important component of ATSIDA’s work and the team is committed to working with Indigenous Australian communities to develop relationships built on trust and respect.
Repatriation through ATSIDA will occur through a recognised cultural centre or community organisation (such as a language or knowledge centre) that has a computer terminal available for approved users. Responsibility to monitor access to the materials by individuals will devolve to the community organisation. Having said this, ATSIDA in consultation with the depositor will tag content as belonging to the separate social spheres as appropriate, for example gender, age, family, country to the extent that available information and resources permit.