Shoehorning complex metadata in the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages

Catherine Bow, Michael Christie, Brian Devlin

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An impetus to preserve thousands of books produced in Aboriginal languages during the years of bilingual education in the Northern Territory has led to the development of the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages ( The challenge has been to squeeze a complex range of materials into specific categories which meet the standards of a Western-style archive while also respecting the Indigenous creators and knowledges represented therein. This paper considers some of the technical, social and political issues that are thereby raised in bringing the archive to life, and the compromises that have been required.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch, Records and Responsibility:
Subtitle of host publicationTen Years of PARADISEC
EditorsAmanda Harris, Nick Thieberger, Linda Barwick
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
PublisherSydney University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-1-74332-443-1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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