Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures
A race against time to digitise analog records of materials from endangered cultures from all over the world.
We hold 14,500 hours of audio recordings and 2,000 hours of video recordings that might otherwise have been lost. These recordings are of performance, narrative, singing, and other oral tradition. This amounts to 150 terabytes, and represents 1,315 languages, mainly from the Pacific region.
The PARADISEC Podcast
Toksave: Culture Talks
Join musicologist Jodie Kell and archivist Steven Gagau in a series of interviews with people who have found personal and cultural connections with collections in the archive.
We digitise and archive records of the many small languages of the world. We have worked to ensure that the archive can provide access to interested communities and conforms to international standards for digital archiving. While our original focus was the Asia-Pacific region, we now hold material from all over the world. This work is now urgent as most analog tapes are not expected to last beyond 2025. We work with cultural centres in the Pacific to support managing and digitising their collections.
- Our catalog allows users to create robust descriptions of their multimedia collections and to assign rights to other users.
- We build models that show how to make reusable data (metadata entry tools, spreadsheets and so on) and use current tools such as Elan or Fieldworks.
- We promote cultural preservation by providing backup and data preservation services to cultural agencies in our region (e.g., PNG , Solomon Islands, Vanuatu).
- We house files with cultural heritage content from all over the world. We are active in finding new collections to digitise, see our ‘Lost and Found’ project.
- In 2019 we received the international Core Trust Seal based on the DSA-WDS Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements.
- In 2018 we received the University of Melbourne award for excellence in team-based research.
- In 2016 we were given a Special Commendation by the UK’s Digital Preservation Awards
Conference themes included tributes to PARADISEC’s founding Director, Emeritus Professor Linda Barwick; Repatriation and revitalisation; Managing cultural heritage; Technologies and methodologies in archiving and documentation; Approaches to repatriation and community priorities; Podcasting, and more!