First Nations people have been successfully governing Indigenous data (information, stories and knowledge) since time immemorial. This has been a critical factor ensuring the ongoing survival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Recognising the importance of data for self-determination, Seer Data & Analytics aims to operationalise First Nations Data Sovereignty and be flexible to support the needs of each community.

The Seer Data Platform and our work aims to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples visions for data access, control, custodianship, ownership, relevance, storytelling and accountability.

We recognise better outcomes are achieved when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a genuine say in matters affecting them, including use of data to inform policy and investments.

The Seer Data platform aims to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people agency over how their data are governed, used and shared for community-led decisions.

Data sovereignty includes ownership of data, access to data, custodianship of data, control of data, relevance of data that is collected, and accountability to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by those collecting data about people.

Pictograph, Burrungkuy Rock Traditional Country of the Yolngu and Gun-djeihmi speaking people Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land

All the data in the Seer Data platform is owned and controlled by our customers. Seer Data is a technology partner that builds and manages community data platforms, and supports the safe storage of the data. We support the many ways to do data sovereignty. All community data is controlled and owned by our customers.

Seer Data helps develop the data governance and data sharing agreements for our customers as part of the establishment of a community data platform.

Download PDF of article and summary table of how the following elements are enabled on the Seer Data Platform:

  • Control
  • Custodianship
  • Ownership
  • Self-determination
  • Access 
  • Relevance
  • Storage

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