Institutions in the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) hold large quantities of material that are important for research in the various disciplines of the humanities. Improving access to such materials can have benefits for both institutions and researchers.

To scale up such collaboration beyond local efforts, working at the level of the research infrastructure is an effective strategy.

Bringing Data to Life aims to initiate engagement on one kind of data - language data - between researchers, universities, and the GLAM sector.

The Language Data Commons of Australia (LDaCA) is an infrastructure that is still in its development phase. This provides the opportunity to begin collaboration as a process of co-design involving GLAM bodies, which hold language data, especially Indigenous language data, and LDaCA with its expertise in language data and technologies.


Panel of speakers

  • Associate Professor Sandra Phillips, Associate Dean (Indigenous Engagement), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Queensland
  • Professor Michael Haugh, Language Data Commons Program Leader, Professor of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the University of Queensland
  • Rose Barrowcliffe, First Nations Archives Advisor at Queensland State Archives

Other speakers will be from GLAM and research institutions from across Australia. We will update the list of speakers closer to the event.



  • 8.30 - 9.00, Arrival
  • 9.00 - 9.10, Welcome
  • 9.10 - 10.00, Session 1 - Co-Design - an exploration of what is meant by co-design and bringing data to life
  • 10.00 - 10.50, Session 2 - Indigenous materials and the co-design process
  • 10.50 - 11.20, Morning tea
  • 11.20 - 12.10, Session 3 - Oral histories and the co-design process

About UQ NAIDOC Festival

UQ celebrates NAIDOC Festival from 1-6 August across St Lucia, Herston and Gatton. 

Join us in celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

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