Wadeye IPTV

Delivering Audiovisual Archives to Remote Aboriginal Communities via IPTV

Wadeye began as a Catholic mission on the coast of the Northern Territory (NT) in 1935 and the region is known as Thamarrurr. The population at Wadeye is 93% indigenous with slightly less than half the population under 20 years of age.

The project will use IPTV and the National Broadband Network in the preservation and access of audiovisual materials at Wadeye. In partnership with Kanamkek-Yile Ngala Museum at Wadeye and the Thamarrurr Development Corporation, this research project will trial how culturally significant and endangered audiovisual archival material might be most effectively and appropriately preserved and made accessible for future generations. The Wadeye museum currently holds significant collections of audiovisual recordings of ceremonies, songs and dances, languages and local ecological knowledge covering at least six different languages and tribal groups, many of which are now highly endangered much of this material irreplaceable.

Mark Crocombe, Kanamkek-Yile Ngala Museum, Wadeye, NT This pilot project will leverage off an existing in-lab proof of concept to stream content to a smart-phone/ PC/ TV but which will also demonstrate automated replication and updating of "remote" video servers such as at Wadeye from a centralised, secure archive server based at IBES. The project intends to trial various forms of IPTV at Wadeye museum. IPTV is seen as an excellent technology fit as it can provide very granular, controlled access to content by separate cultural groups, and provides metadata to allow easy searching of the video archive by users, which also makes it a valuable resource for specialists such as linguists.

The project will deliver IPTV to a variety of screened devices in Wadeye with potential for further expansion across the Australian Aboriginal media sector. The trial will develop an off-site back-up of audiovisual materials while providing access to them and directly positioning Aboriginal people to take a technological leap forward by using the NBN and IPTV to ensure local communities can produce, view and exchange audio visual material of a cultural or informational nature, in accordance with the Review of Australian Government Investment in the Indigenous Broadcasting and Media Sector.

Final Report

Research Team

  • Lyndon Ormond-Parker - Centre for Health and Society
  • Marcia Langton - Centre for Health and Society
  • Sharon Huebner - Centre for Health and Society
  • Caden Pearson - Centre for Health and Society
  • Rachel Nordlinger - School of Languages and Linguistics
  • Robyn Sloggett - Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation
  • Julien Ridoux - Melbourne Networked Society Institute
  • Ken Clarke  - Melbourne Networked Society Institute
  • Mark Crocombe - Kanamkek-Yile Ngala Museum
  • Jacinta Crocombe - Kanamkek-Yile Ngala Museum
  • Rosa McKenna - Thamarrurr Regional Authority Aboriginal Corporation