Towards a unique archive of Aboriginal languages: a collaborative project

Mamtora, Jayshree, and Bow, Catherine (2017) Towards a unique archive of Aboriginal languages: a collaborative project. Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, 66 (1). pp. 28-41.

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Abstract

Charles Darwin University Library is directly helping to sustain and preserve Aboriginal language and cultural materials that encounter many hurdles for their long-term survival. The library is supporting an ARC-funded project known as the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages, by providing a repository, web application, digitisation programme and professional advice. The collaboration between the library and research team addressed a number of challenges in relation to appropriate ways to represent complex and variable metadata, widely varying content from diverse sources and in various conditions, and in making these fragile and endangered materials accessible to a global audience. The open access archive now includes thousands of items in dozens of Northern Territory Indigenous languages, providing a sustainable repository for researchers and allowing Indigenous communities to share their languages, histories, knowledge and practices around the world. The project serves as a rich case study demonstrating how academic libraries can work with researchers to support the archiving of cultural heritage.

Item ID: 63704
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2475-0166
Keywords: Charles Darwin University, Digital archives, Indigenous language materials, Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages, Northern Territory
Copyright Information: © 2017 Australian Library & Information Association. The Author Accepted Manuscript is available Open Access from ResearchOnline@JCU.
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Funders: Australian Research Council
Projects and Grants: Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities funding scheme grant numbers LE120100016 & LE140100063
Research Data: https://cdu.edu.au/laal
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2020 21:34
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4506 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sciences > 450608 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge management methods @ 34%
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4610 Library and information studies > 461008 Organisation of information and knowledge resources @ 34%
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4610 Library and information studies > 461006 Library studies @ 32%
SEO Codes: 89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8903 Information Services > 890301 Electronic Information Storage and Retrieval Services @ 50%
89 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 8903 Information Services > 890302 Library and Archival Services @ 50%
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