Digital readiness of remote Indigenous researchers, are we there yet?

Presentation around the a case study on Indigenous researchers and digital technologies in remote and very remote communities engaged in participatory action research enhancing professional identity and pathways. Delivered in Fremantle at the Forum V of the Broadband for the Bush Alliance Conference.

About the presentation

In recent decades Indigenous research, both globally and nationally, has undergone significant development focused on Indigenous governance, research methods and active participation by Indigenous peoples as researchers.Indigenous research has refocused from research ‘on’ to research ‘with’, ‘research ‘for’ to ‘by’. The active participation of Indigenous peoples and researchers has been significant in creating clarity and understanding of both commonalities and differences within and between mainstream and Indigenous research theory, methodology and ongoing discourses.

In 2014, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI) conducted a survey on Indigenous governance research and practical tools entitled ‘A short survey: mapping Indigenous governance research and resources’ (Bauman, Smith and Keller 2014).The survey responses revealed a variety of areas of need.Significant to this research paper are those responses focused on the use of digital technologies in Indigenous research.

The use of digital technologies by Indigenous researchers is not new, yet as noted through Bauman et al’s (2014) survey warrants further investigation.This session will focus on the experience of the Project Coordinator “campus-based” and one of the Indigenous researchers working in a remote and very remote region in the Northern Territory with the Whole of Community Engagement - participatory action research (PAR) initiative.

Indigenous researcher narratives on their use and understanding of digital technologies and computer software will be presented. The narratives will focus on the experiences of the Indigenous researchers in collecting, recording, analysing and sharing data, communicating and working within and across research teams to meet research output and project requirements. This session will also highlight digital literacy barriers and enablers faced by remote Indigenous researchers. It will describe best practice in developing a sense of connectedness (Devlin, Feraud & Anderson 2008) through digital technologies enhancing Indigenous researcher knowledge, understanding of digital technologies and professional identity.

29 November 2017

Team Member Reflection: Terry Moore

Team Member Reflection: Terry Moore

​I joined the team in April 2016, just in time for the team meeting at Tennant Creek, where it was realised that the team needed someone to analyse the data that was being generated across the different communities.

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