Indigenous Data Governance in Digital Heritage

Indigenous data governance principles such as OCAP® (Ownership, Control, Access, Possession) and the CARE (Collective benefit, Authority to control, Responsibility, Ethics) principles can provide an ethical framework for developing digital methods and data practices for archaeology in the 21st century.

This study includes issues of data quality, data reuse, community-led research design, digital heritage and anti-colonial archaeological practice. Part of this work is being developed as part of the Materializing Indigenous Histories and my research project Building an Anti-Colonial Digital Archaeology in the Canadian Context through Indigenous Data Governance Principles .

Check out associated publications, Preparing Archaeological Data for Spatial Analysis, as well as What We See, What We Don’t See: Data Governance, Archaeological Spatial Databases and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in an Age of Big Data.

In Postcolonial and Indigenous Perspectives in Digital Archaeology I and co-authors open intellectual space to prioritize capacity building in digital methods, particularly for Indigenous and racialized women.

The following publications open conversation on re-centring community heritage governance in digital heritage research, and how Indigenous and racialized groups are engaging with digital methods: Ethics, Community and Data, Being Seen, Being Heard: Ownership of Archaeology and Digital Heritage, Connecting Past to Present: Enacting Indigenous Data Governance Principles in Westbank First Nation’s Archaeology and Digital Heritage.

Latest scholarship include The CARE principles, and the Reuse, Sharing and Curation of Indigenous Data in Canadian Archaeology, and Will it Ever Be FAIR? Making Archaeological Data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable Please email me for copies.

The study is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada.