The Indigenous Data and Repositories Consortium
“The proposed work builds upon and connects already existing activities and strengthens relationships between Indigenous scholars, tribal leaders, and allies working to ensure Indigenous governance of Indigenous data into the future.”
– Dr. Stephanie Russo Carroll
Developed from collaborations, molded through discussions, and informed by existing Indigenous nation data governance standards, the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance serve as a mechanism for Indigenous rightsholders to assert self-determination over some of the world’s most valuable commodity, data. The CARE Principles are activated by Indigenous data rights holders and partnering data collaborators that are involved with the collection, analysis, storage, and sharing of Indigenous data.
Formed in 2021, the Indigenous Data and Repositories Consortium aims to 1) Create tools and resources to facilitate the implementation of the CARE Principles within repositories and collections and 2) Develop and test key indicators for the assessment and measurement of researcher and institutional implementation of the CARE Principles. The Consortium links critical efforts to implement the CARE Principles such as implementing Local Contexts Notices and Labels in repositories, creating process for including Indigenous Data Sovereignty, ethics, definitions of Indigenous data and rights, and related topics in Data Repositories guidelines; and contribute to efforts to create indicators to assess researcher and institutional implementation of the CARE Principles. The Consortium will work in collaboration with the Global Indigenous Data Alliance and in partnership with identified external entities.
Part of this work is made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation. Thank you to the Henry Luce Foundation for their support of research and the implementation of the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance in data repositories.