PARADISEC – Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures

Digital preservation, cataloguing and archiving of metadata, audio, video, text and images

Key advantages
  • Best practice audio and data digitisation.
  • Identification and implementation of comparative advantages between different types of recording equipment.
  • Leading-edge trustworthy repository.
  • Datahousing capability


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PARADISEC adopts current best practice for preserving audio data by digitising it at the highest quality settings available and storing several copies in separate locations.

PARADISEC makes digital copies of tapes and returns the originals to depositors or their institutions. Copies are provided to depositors in various digital formats.

Training workshops are available on:

  • the use and comparative advantages of different types of recording equipment
  • lexicographic software
  • transcription and interlinearising of texts
  • linkage of digitised audio and transcripts
  • managing information as it is collected to facilitate later access
  • assessment and cataloguing of data collections.

Research and expertise capability

Recorded material needs to be preserved in a way that allows it to be read in the future. Reel-to-reel and cassette tapes are becoming obsolete and playing them is increasingly difficult. It is very risky to keep only a single copy of recorded material, as this is vulnerable to being lost in a fire, cyclone, or simply as a result of poor storage conditions.

A founding principle for PARADISEC is that small and endangered cultures need support to locate and reintroduce material that was recorded in the past. Material must be well cared for in order to be available in the future. Digital outputs from PARADISEC are available in various formats depending on the needs of the users.

PARADISEC is a trustworthy repository, owing to its extensive resources and commitment by the large team of researchers running it. Data is housed in a way that is safe and discrete. Work-in-progress or information that is not for general distribution is kept separate from the main archive.



  • digital conservation and access for endangered materials from the Pacific region
  • accessioning, cataloguing and digitising materials and preserving digital copies
  • training in ethnographic documentation techniques of recording, data management, and data linkage.

Principal researchers / consultants