Right of Reply – Indigenous Rights in Data & Collections Symposium

Date: Friday 18 October 2019.

Time: 9 am to 5 pm

Venue: National Centre for Indigenous Excellence, Redfern




This one-day symposium will focus on the importance of Indigenous rights in data and collections & the importance of the Right of Reply in relation to Indigenous self-determination and national truth-telling efforts.

The right of reply is becoming increasingly important for collecting institutions that hold Indigenous cultural materials and records.To engage with the right of reply is to recognise the issues and inherent biases associated with colonial collecting paradigms.

This symposium will bring together speakers to discuss these issues with a focus on emerging trends in data and technology use. Reflecting in particular on issues raised by the Australian Human Rights Commission Human Rights and Technology project which is exploring the impact and opportunities of new technologies to protect and promote our rights and freedoms.

The Symposium will be of interest to:

  • People working with Indigenous knowledges and knowledge management
  • Library and Information professionals
  • People engaged with Indigenous research data
  • Researchers who create or use Indigenous data and wish to manage it respectfully over time.


The gathering has been supported through a UTS Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion 2019 Social Impact Grant awarded to the Indigenous Archives and Data Stewardship Hub at the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, UTS.

Major sponsors

University of Technology Sydney
Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
Monash University
Australian Society of Archivists

Secondary sponsors

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Archive (ATSIDA)
State Library of New South Wales

Australian Library and Information Association


  • Jennifer O’Neal, Acting Associate Professor, Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies , University of Oregon, USA
  • Angie Abdilla and Keir Winesmith, Old Ways, New
  • Kirsten Thorpe, University of Technology Sydney
  • Associate Professor Pauline Clague, University of Technology Sydney
  • Nathan Sentance, Australian Museum
  • Dr Shannon Faulkhead, Melbourne Museum
  • Marcus Hughes, Museum of Arts and Applied Sciences (MAAS)
  • Tasha James, National Film and Sound Archive


The afternoon will include a roundtable discussion to discuss where the ‘Right of Reply’ fits into the FAIR data principles.


Details of the program as of the 16 October 2019 are available Right of Reply Symposium Program 17 October 2019.