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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):28-41.

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Title Towards a unique Archive of Aboriginal Languages: a collaborative project
Author Mamtora, Jayshree
Bow, Catherine
Journal Name Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association
Publication Date 2017
Volume Number 66
Issue Number 1
ISSN 2475-0158   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
eISSN 2475-0166
Start Page 28
End Page 41
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Field of Research 0807 - Library and Information Studies
200319 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages
200201 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
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.
Keywords Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages
Northern Territory
Charles Darwin University
Indigenous language materials
Digital archives
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