Indigenous Archives and Data Stewardship
The Indigenous Archives and Data Stewardship Hub works to advocate for Indigenous rights in archives and data, including promoting a Right of Reply to historic collections held across the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector. It develops research and engagement in relation to refiguring libraries and archives to support the culturally appropriate ownership, management and ongoing preservation of Indigenous knowledges.
Who we are
Led by Kirsten Thorpe, the Indigenous Archives and Data Stewardship Hub staff have extensive experience in working across research, the professions and industry in relation to progressing Indigenous self-determination in archives and data stewardship. Find out more about the team.
What we do
The Indigenous Archives and Data Stewardship Hub conducts research and engagement related to Indigenous Australian priorities in the GLAM sector by working in partnership with Indigenous Australian communities to support their archival needs. We also aim to build capacity for communities to care for and use archive material on Country and in digital spaces. The Indigenous Archives and Data Stewardship team advocate for the following:
Use of open source and community controlled IT systems to support the management of Indigenous cultural heritage held in data, information and records.
Development of archival models that incorporate appropriate Indigenous protocols and recognition of Indigenous Intellectual and Cultural Property Rights (ICIP).
Re-telling of stories through creative use of the archive, and in particular through design and creative practices to enable opportunities to speak back to archives and colonial collections
Developing networks of people to share stories and information on self-determined practice in the GLAM sector
Calling out racism and privilege in relation to the ways that archives and information are managed across the GLAM sector and in traditional library, archive and museum practice.
Providing advice on policy in relation to Indigenous collections in the GLAM sector including collection development policies, significance significance assessments, valuing of collections, incorporation of ICIP and contracts negotiating the protection of Indigenous knowledges in information systems
Being an advocate for archival justice and reparations including support for archives in national truth telling processes.
Support training and awareness on Indigenous Cultural Safety and Cultural Competency in the GLAM sector.