Indigenous Data Governance in Digital Heritage

Word cloud of terms in CARE Principles and the Reuse, Sharing, and Curation of Indigenous Data in Canadian Archaeology

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.

Associated publications include 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.

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.

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

My research interests include digital and geospatial methods, geovisualization, data governance, archaeology and cultural heritage.