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Keeping records of language diversity in Melanesia: The Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC)

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Title: Keeping records of language diversity in Melanesia: The Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC)
Authors: Barwick, Linda
Thieberger, Nicholas
Issue Date: 20 Dec 2012
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Series/Report no.: LD&C Special Publication
Abstract: At the turn of this century, a group of Australian linguistic and musicological researchers recognised that a number of small collections of unique and often irreplaceable field recordings mainly from the Melanesian and broader Pacific regions were not being properly housed and that there was no institution in the region with the capacity to take responsibility for them. The recordings were not held in appropriate conditions and so were deteriorating and in need of digitisation. Further, there was no catalog of their contents or their location so their existence was only known to a few people, typically colleagues of the collector. These practitioners designed the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC), a digital archive based on internationally accepted standards (Dublin Core/Open Archives Initiative metadata, International Asociation of Sound Archives audio standards and so on) and obtained funding to build an audio digitisation suite in 2003. This is a new conception of a data repository, built into workflows and research methods of particular disciplines, respecting domain-specific ethical concerns and research priorities, but recognising the need to adhere to broader international standards. This paper outlines the way in which researchers involved in documenting languages of Melanesia can use PARADISEC to make valuable recordings available both to the research community and to the source communities.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4567
ISBN: 978-0-9856211-2-4
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections:LD&C Special Publication No. 5: Melanesian languages on the edge of Asia: Challenges for the 21st Century



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