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Most of you who have been keeping an eye on this blog for a while will know about the conference organised by Paradisec last year on Sustainable data from digital fieldwork, but you might not know about its predecessor in 2003, Paradisec's inaugural workshop, Researchers, communities, institutions and sound recordings. The papers from this workshop, along with those from the 2006 conference, have now been made available online through the Sydney eScholarship Repository.

The 2003 workshop attracted participants from near and far and we had speakers and participants from Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Germany, the USA, England and many different parts of Australia. Initially the refereed papers from this workshop were published online through Open Conference Systems. In their new homes as part of the eScholarship repository, each paper has a fixed URL and the main page of the collection can be accessed at http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/1319.

To go directly to an individual paper, click on one of the links below:

Introduction: "The need for a Pacific languages archive" by Andrew Pawley

"Challenges in the repatriation of historic recordings to Papua New Guinea" by Don Niles and Vincent Palie

"Critical choices, critical decisions: sound archiving and changing technology" by Kevin Bradley

"Digital encounters with Pacific Island Radio and Television Archives" by Richard Moyle

"History, memory and music: The repatriation of digital audio to Yolngu communities, or, memory as metadata" by Peter Toner

"Multilingual Multiperson Multimedia: Linking Audio-Visual with Text Material in Language Documentation" by Patrick McConvell

"’Now Balanda Say We Lost Our Land in 1788’: Challenges to the Recognition of Yolŋu Law in Contemporary Australia" by Aaron Corn and Neparrŋa Gumbula

"The politics of context: issues for law, researchers and the creation of databases" by Jane Anderson and Grace Koch

"Representing information about words digitally" by Jane Simpson

"Searching for meaning in the Library of Babel: field semantics and problems of digital archiving" by Nicholas Evans and Hans-Jürgen Sasse

"Sound recordings as maruy among the Aborigines of the Daly region of north west Australia" by Allan Marett

We are also in the process of uploading mp3s to accompany the papers from the Sustainable data from digital fieldwork conference - stay tuned for more information!

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