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Returning native title materials – a digital approach: Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation case study report

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Dr Christiane Keller
Ophelia Rubinich
Helen Wright
Jasmine Tearle

This report summarises the progress of the return of native title materials to Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation (ETNTAC) from the Goldfields Land and Sea Council (GLSC).

The case study is part of a wider body of case study research with Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers (NTRB/SPs), Registered Native Title Bodies Corporate (RNTBCs, commonly known as PBCs) and communities as a part of the Returning Native Title Materials Project (the RNTM Project) conducted by Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). The RNTM project is investigating how research materials from native title claims can be returned to native title groups or PBCs.

The Esperance case study is focused on co-designing the process of cataloguing and safely returning the native title research materials to ETNTAC. Of particular interest is the digital forensic analysis approach as a tool to assist in the transfer.