Curation of Oral Tradition from Legacy Recordings: An Australian Example

Abstract

Oral tradition recorded by linguists in the course of their fieldwork needs to be archived for longterm access and reĀ­use. This article discusses the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) and its importance in preserving endangered records of indigenous cultures. Established in 2003 to digitize and curate the legacy made by Australian academic researchers since the 1960s, PARADISEC archives the contents of various collections, ranging across various language traditions, genres, and performance contexts.

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