The Tasmanian Names Index

The Tasmanian Names Index is a nationally acclaimed portal that will provide you with access to well over a million digitised Tasmanian records. There are a number of other public heritage sites including Trove and Port Arthur Historic Site.

Founders and Survivors has a research database but this has not been made available to the public for a number of reasons.

  • We think it is important that access to Tasmania’s cultural collections continues to rest with the organisations charged with managing those collections. We remain committed to working with Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites to make their collections discoverable.
  • Many of our research datasets are messy. If we released information that contained incorrect links, codes that were unintelligible to the uninitiated and complex research notes, we would risk frustrating users. All the data we make available through our cultural sector partner organisations has gone through a quality control process.
  • In some cases it is important to protect the interests of members of our research community. This can include doctoral students who are still working on their theses. In most cases these datasets are not locked up for ever. When research is published we aim to make the underpinning data available through the processes outlined above and in line with the data management principles enshrined in the FAIR and CARE policies.
  • Some data is particularly sensitive. This is especially the case with research that can be linked to current populations and individuals or cultural information of importance to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. In such cases the management of data will be guided by the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018.A digital archive enables researchers to: