Indigenous Data Network

Project Details

The Indigenous Data Network (IDN) will assist Indigenous communities in developing the technical capability and resources to enable them to manage their data for community advancement. By strengthening communities’ agency in their data, the network will empower them to make informed decisions about their own development.

The IDN will bring together community, university, government, non-government and private sector partners to create an ongoing community of practice to address a range of shared concerns, such as:

  • Identifying best practice in community data collection, management and access
  • Assisting Indigenous communities to apply best practice in data management by providing technical and educational resources
  • Developing specific strategies and approaches to make better use of data over which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have ownership
  • Creating a directory of databases to increase awareness of existing data sets and how to access them
  • Integrating and archiving Indigenous datasets and preventing the orphaning of important datasets which would be detrimental to communities
  • Negotiating with government and non-government organisations to ensure data activities are aligned with Indigenous priorities, and that data collected is available for sharing under appropriate conditions
  • Working with the Indigenous Research Exchange to develop guidelines and best-practice case studies for research and data analysis in evaluation to improve Indigenous outcomes
  • Coordinating educational programs to ensure the development of a critical mass of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with expertise in the data sciences
  • Developing panels of experts who can provide advice and assistance on data issues

Find out more at the Indigenous Data Network website.

You can also contact the IDN at, or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.


Steering Committee

Project staff

  • Dr James Rose
  • Dr Mike Jones


Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

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Kaiela Institute, Shepparton

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Australian Data Archive

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

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Australian National University

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Research Outcomes

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Presentations from the Indigenous Data Sovereignty Symposium are available through the Indigenous Studies Unit's Vimeo page.

More information about the symposium is available here.

Research Publications

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Research Group

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Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

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