Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Data Archive

Collaborating with other institutions – libraries, museums and archives

ATSIDA staff are approached by a university archive about their plans to create a new finding aid for their collection of records relating to Aboriginal people. The aim of the project is to describe the records in a way that is respectful to the communities who are documented in the records, and to increase access to their collection.

ATSIDA staff would assist by:

  • working with the university archive to share advice and experiences in managing protocols around the use of Aboriginal records.
  • identifying opportunities for collaboration, for example in linking Aboriginal communities to dispersed research data that relates to themselves and their communities.

ATSIDA also seeks to negotiate, where appropriate, licence agreements with third parties for access to relevant complementary research material. This would enable ATSIDA to distribute the material for the purposes of research, learning and teaching, and repatriation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.