Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Data Archive

News & events

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.

ATSIDA staff have been out and about in the community, making connections with research institutions and other Libraries and Archives. In June 2010, ATSIDA visited the University of Newcastle Archives to meet with the University Archivist, Gionni DiGravio.

ATSIDA staff travel to Walgett, New South Wales for a Protocols workshop.


 ATSIDA meets with Dr Ruth Latukefu (Fink) and Mr Mervyn Bishop

ATSIDA had the opportunity to meet with Dr Ruth Latukefu (Fink) and Mr Mervyn Bishop in June 2010. Mervyn Bishop, Indigenous Photographer, arranged the visit with Dr Latukefu after meeting the ATSIDA Reference group who had been involved in discussions about the importance of research material being returned to the community to which it relates.

The Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service hosted a Family History Information Day in Albury on the 25 March 2010.