Indigenous Law Resources database receives major update
The Indigenous Law Resources database – the result of a joint project of the ILC and AustLII, the Australasian Legal Information Institute, received a major update in November 2016.The database, hosted on AustLII’s website, provides free access to significant legal materials relating to Indigenous issues. ‘As Indigenous research and perspectives are still often neglected in mainstream library collections, a priority of the project was to collate and digitise rare, vulnerable and hard to access material,’ says ILC Project Officer Stijn Denayer.
The online database now has more than 1200 fully searchable documents, dating from 1768 to 2016, many of them never before digitally available. The collection includes parliamentary papers, government reports and policy documents affecting Indigenous peoples, as well as reports and submissions by civil society organisations and documents related to significant test cases and legal proceedings. ‘Especially critical to the project are those documents that over the decades capture the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,’ says ILC Director, Professor Megan Davis. Documents of Indigenous civil society and representative organisations form the core of the collection. Other significant inclusions are previously undigitised resources relating to discrimination, intellectual property, cultural heritage, land rights and native title.
More information about the project can be found on the ILC website.