Nick Thieberger is a researcher at the University of Melbourne

The next lecture in the TLA Lecture Series on e-Humanities will be given the 12th of
July by Nick Thieberger. He will present “Of droughts and flooding rains – digital archiving between grants. Reviewing a decade of the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in
Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC)”

Who: Nick Thieberger
What: Of droughts and flooding rains – digital archiving between grants. Reviewing a decade of the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in
Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC)
Where: MPI for Psycholinguistics, room 1.63 (main lecture hall)
When: Thursday the 12th of July, 10:00

Abstract

The Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures
(PARADISEC) began as a project proposal in 2002, funded in
2003 to locate and digitise analog fieldwork recordings that were in need of care.
Since then our funding has been sporadic, floods between droughts, so we have built
the collection and the catalog to survive these variations in funding climate.
PARADISEC has often been quoted in Australia policy documents on digital
infrastructure as an exemplary project, but has never had substantive funding. We
built a repository with associated descriptive cataloging information and access
modules for legacy recordings, and a parallel activity has been ensuring that
current researchers create material in forms that can flow into the archive with
minimal handling. New research methods are required in order to create the kind of
material that can be reused and returned to source communities so we regularly run
training courses in the use of tools and data management. Having built this
infrastructure we now have collections that are deposited either from the field or
soon after return from the field. For many researchers it is clear that it is only
when they are depositing their records that they are creating a catalog, so it is
also important to make that task as easy as possible for them. We are working on the
development of a tool for metadata capture, called ExSite9, that I will illustrate
and I will show what plans we have for future work.

You are all cordially invited to attend.
If you plan to attend please send an email to tla-lectures@mpi.nl (for
administrative reasons).

 

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