Contextual Metadata Futures: Building Indigenous Data Provenance Capacity for the European Reference Genome Atlas


ERGA, the European Reference Genome Atlas aims to generate high-quality reference genomes for Europe’s eukaryotic biodiversity. ERGA has a member-base of 700 researchers across 48 countries. A key goal of ERGA is to streamline the collection and storage of ethical and legally compliant metadata for all genomic data generated. ERGA has partnered with Local Contexts to implement the Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Biocultural (BC) Labels. The Labels are an extra-legal digital intervention addressing issues of provenance, ownership, access, control and governance over Indigenous digital collections and data. This proposal is focused on operationalising the FAIR and CARE principles through the implementation of the Labels, creating an inclusive metadata collection infrastructure within ERGA that promotes and safeguards the interests and knowledge of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.


Ann Mc Cartney Postdoctoral Research Fellow at National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

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