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, and currently have over 1,260 languages represented in the collection. 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.
At the end of 2020 we hold 13,700 hours of audio recordings, half of which we have found and digitised, the other half is born-digital.
In September 2016 we were given a Special Commendation by the UK’s Digital Preservation Awards.
In 2018 we received the University of Melbourne award for excellence in team-based research.
In 2019 we received the international Core Trust Seal based on the DSA-WDS Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements.
PARADISEC has developed into a major international centre for activities including: