Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Data Archive

News & events

The 2011 conference of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library and Information Resource Network (ATSILIRN) took place in Melbourne at the State Library of Victoria on the 7 and 8 July 2011.

Italian version: Il “Museo delle culture del Mondo di Genova” e la voce degli oggetti
Entering the garden, going up to the castle, every noise of Genova keeps quiet. I can hear just the macaia, that see me slow up to the entrance of the museum. Raised on Montegalletto Hill, originally the castle was born to be the house of the Captain Enrico Alberto D’Albertis. He offered the property of the building to Genova only in 1932, after his death. 

My name is Ryan Stoker. I work as a seconded Digital Preservation Officer for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Archive (ATSIDA) at UTS.

Ryan Stoker and I visited the State Library of New South Wales (NSW) on 2 June 2011 for a guided tour of the exhibition Carved Trees: Aboriginal cultures of western NSW.

Our Digital Preservation Officer, Elizabeth Mulhollann, is currently in Canada to represent ATSIDA at two international conferences.

Monica Galassi has been visiting Italian institutions over the past month, making connections with Italian Institutions about collections they may hold which relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This has been an exciting opportunity for ATSDIA to identify Indigenous research data held overseas.

ATSIDA welcomes new team member Monica Galassi, an Italian researcher, who will be working with us over the next few months to identify potential Indigenous research data held in Italian collections.

ATSIDA is working with Heidi Norman, Senior Lecturer, Social and Political Change Group University of Technology, Sydney to assist with management of research material relating to the Koori Knockout – a rugby league competition for both men and women, which has been hotly contested throughout the state of New South Wales (NSW) since 1971.


Archival issues relating to Indigenous people and Human Rights were the subject of a recent workshop held in Melbourne as part of the 2010 Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) Conference.

Since 2009 the ATSIDA Project has been facilitating dialogue between the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala, Arnhem Land, and the University of Sydney, Macleay Museum. Together we are working through the cultural protocols and parameters for making a collection of early Yolngu bark paintings available as a shared research data-set via the ATSIDA website.