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Regular summary of PARADISEC’s ever growing digital repository of sound and video recordings, images and text files, currently totalling 2,696 items representing 54 countries and 600 languages.

This report has been long overdue but regular updates will now be posted on the Transient Languages & Cultures blog, replacing the information on the “News” page previously located on the PARADISEC website.

The last couple of months saw the complete digitisation of three collections:

AM2 – Music from Vanuatu deposited by Andrew McIntyre (tapes housed at the Monash University Music Archive).

AP2 – Anthony Phillips’ recordings of Kanda (Angoram), Papua New Guinea.

JS2 – Jeff Siegel’s materials from the Fijian Dictionary Project.

Hugh de Ferranti’s extensive collection (HDF1) of tape recordings of performances, lessons and discussions with Japanese biwa players of diverse traditions, made between 1984 and 2000, is currently undergoing the digitisation process carried out by PARADISEC Audio Preservation Officer, Frank Davey.

Now for the numbers…

PARADISEC Repository Metrics Report
as at 11 September 2006
generated weekly by Stuart Hungerford

Total size of repository
Collections : 75 collections
Items : 2,696 items
Files : 20,634 files
Memory Size : 2.72 TB
Duration : 1,352 hours

Total file counts and file sizes by file type
“.dv” : 23 files at 23.44 GB
“.jpg” : 13,520 files at 19.29 GB
“.mov” : 61 files at 485.53 GB
“.mp3” : 3,201 files at 72.34 GB
“.mp4” : 6 files at 2.22 GB
“.mpg” : 16 files at 10.54 GB
“.pdf” : 34 files at 5.7 MB
“.rtf” : 8 files at 1.04 MB
“.tif” : 356 files at 1.59 GB
“.txt” : 149 files at 5.95 MB
“.wav” : 3,201 files at 2.1 TB
“.xml” : 31 files at 1.2 MB


It's interesting to see you have mp3, mp4 and wav files. Are the mpX files versions of the wav files or are you archiving in mp3 too?

The MP3 files are indeed versions of the WAV files, while the MP4 files are video items.

Cool, thanks! I meant to add to my last comment too that Paradisec looks absolutely fantastic! I had a wonderful time browsing the catalogue recently.

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