Can we get an idea of what “culturally sensitive data” may refer to for the citizen science application? The current description under the design brief currently does not describe or go into detail about what this data may be.
Thanks for your question! Culturally sensitive data is a broad term which encapsulates a lot of things, but essentially the idea behind this is making access to certain information private, or only accessible to a few people, in your app. An example of this may be that there is information around medicinal plants and other associated cultural knowledge which may only be held by certain people in the Yirrganydji community (for example Elders) and the passing on of that knowledge is culturally determined. This information should be kept private to those who are able to hold that knowledge, rather than all users off the app. Another example may be that the location of certain plants/species are around sacred sites (such as a women’s birthing place) and may not wish for that location to be disclosed to the public.
Essentially there may be culturally sensitive information that only certain people should have access to rather than the general public. How could your app support this? Additionally, it’s important to note that there may be different types of data that needs to be hidden – in the two examples above there is information about a plant and location information.
I hope this helps, please reach out if you would like any more information!
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