February 20, 2020
Indigenous challenge to big data use
An Otago University academic says her appointment to an international research body is a chance to discuss how big data should be used from a Māori perspective.
Katharina Ruckstuhl, the associate dean Māori of the university's business school, is the first New Zealander to be appointed to international research board of Open Researcher and Contributor ID, better known as ORCID, which provides access to 50 million research records, including those of some of the world’s largest research organisations and publishers.
She says the use of data is becoming a flash-point for Māori and other indigenous peoples.
"I'm there to understand the organisation and how our Māori worldview can actually inform and strengthen organisations so Māori have a sense of control over how our data is being used and other people know what that means," Dr Ruckstuhl says.
Katharina Ruckstuhl was nominated by the New Zealand Royal Society, Te Aparangi.
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