A recent Melbourne conference on the emerging Indigenous data sovereignty movement in Australia has heard that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander data may well be the next big “land grab”.

Participants heard that Indigenous data sovereignty may provide First Nations communities with valuable future resources to assist with overcoming inequality and disadvantage as data-sharing increases between big businesses, government agencies and academic institutions.

Held over two days in early October at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus, the conference featured a number of international keynote speakers as well as representatives from numerous community-driven Indigenous data projects from around Australia.