Fields(e.g. applications for archaeologists or for researchers who collect survey data.)

Project Members:

Nick Theiberger (Project Board,

Linda Barwick (Project Board,

Nick Ward (Project Manager,

ANDS Contact:

Alan Glixman (

Project Status:


PARADISEC PNG Collections Data Enrichment

The University of Sydney

Collaborator(s): ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, The Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies

Project Description

This project focuses on improving description and accessibility to PARADISEC’s PNG collections, a substantial subset of our holdings, which holds significant interest for the fields of regional studies, education and international relations. Very few records exist for most languages of PNG so this effort will aid discoverability of primary data.

As Australia’s closest neighbour and former colony, PNG presents distinct challenges for intercultural understanding and engagement. Providing accessible and curated data about the cultural and linguistic diversity of PNG, including information on its many endangered languages, has the potential to improve Australia-PNG relations as well as providing resources for education.

This project will have the following outcomes:

● Enrichment and curation of an educational and strategic data resource on PNG, Australia’s closest neighbour, whose huge variety of languages, music and cultural material presents significant challenges for intercultural understanding and engagement.

● Provide a model on which PARADISEC and other archives can build for similar enrichment of data collections for other countries and languages. This can be used beyond the project to enrich other data holdings in PARADISEC.

● This project will improve discoverability and usefulness of the PNG collections by creating finding aids for country, language and collector and by applying a visual representation of the recording that will make it easier to identify passages within the recordings. This enriched metadata will also be passed on to and link to associated holding in other discovery services, thus further improving the discoverability of the data