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australian Indigenous Data Sovereignty communique

The Maiam nayri Wingara Indigneous Data Sovereignty Collective and the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute held an Indigenous Data Sovereignty Summit in Canberra on 20th June 2018. An outcome of that summit was the development of a communique which outlines the delegates view on Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Indigenous Data Governance.  Enacting Indigenous Data Governance requires Indigenous leaders, practitioners and community members with the skills and infrastructure to advocate and participate across all sectors and jurisdictions. Indigenous communities retain the right to decide which sets of data require active governance and maintain the right to not participate in data processes inconsistent with the principles asserted in this Communique.

Powering health equity action  with on-line Data tools

Policylink has just released a report on powering health equity action with on-line data tools. Achieving health equity—when everyone has a just and fair opportunity to be as healthy as possible regardless of race, income, or other socially defined characteristics—is essential to building resilient communities, a prosperous economy, and a just society. This report outlines 10 design principles including honoring Indigenous Data Sovereignty. 

Indigenous Data Sovereignty 'What Works Workshop'

Te Mana Raraunga ran a 'What Works Workshop' on Indigenous Data Sovereignty at the Waikato Tainui College of Research and Development on September 5th and 6th.  The event will have a range of national and international speakers talking about how they operationalise Indigenous Data Sovereignty in their activities.

Maori engagement report on National Research and information system

The Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment has released a report on preliminary Māori engagement in relation to the conceptual model for the National Research and Information System (NRIS).


NEW Guidelines for Trusted data Use

NZ Data Futures Partnership has just released Guidelines for Trusted Data Use. They have been developed through consultation with communities around Social License for Data Use. Further guidance will also be developed about trusted use of iwi/Māori data.

Cultural license recognised in MPI Primary sector science roadmap

The Ministry  for Primary Industries has just released a Primary Sector Science Roadmap which includes references to social license and cultural license. Cultural license is defined as the ability of an organisation or industry to undertake business in a culturally acceptable way with confidence from Māori Treaty partners and iwi.

Statement on Social License and Cultural License

Te Mana Raraunga has released a statement on the the difference between individual and collectives rights in the context of data sharing, data linkage and data aggregation, suggesting that Cultural License is a complementary process to the development of a Social License for Data Use.

Authoritative reference on the potential of big data

  • It's hard to argue with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) when it comes to an authoritative reference on the potential of big data to increasingly impact on inequality for minority populations
  • Read the NIH article here »

2018 World Congress of Sociology in Toronto (15-21 July 2017)

Statistics NZ partners with Statistics Netherlands

  • Statistics New Zealand announces a unique partnership with Statistics Netherlands (CBS) to unleash the potential of new data sources and analytics for decision-making.
  • The new international collaboration aims to leverage and build on the strengths and networks of the two organisations who are both leaders in their field.
  • Read more from Statistics NZ about the partnership »

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