The NCIG Ethics Protocol applies to research conducted internally by NCIG as an essential part of developing the NCIG Collection (referred to as NCIG Research). It also covers how NCIG controls access and use of material in the Collection in specific research projects (referred to as External Research Projects). It does not, however, cover External Research Projects themselves. These require separate ethics protocols in order to access and use material in the Collection.
Ethical oversight of NCIG's work presents challenges that go well beyond the requirements of most research projects.
NCIG addresses these challenges by including the NCIG Board in ethical oversight to ensure appropriate Indigenous involvement, and by incorporating into the fabric of the organisation the capacity to innovate, to develop new standards of ethical practice, and to improve processes over time in light of operating experience and in response to community expectations.