When magnets collide: endangered audio-visual archives

Richard Newton Rooms
Level 5, Electrical Engineering Building
The University of Melbourne


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Fiorella Chiodo


Join the Institute for this exciting research seminar and to celebrate the achivements of the year over a few drinks.


Audio-visual materials have been produced and stored by remote Indigenous media and cultural organisations for over thirty years - a distributed national collection of immense cultural significance. However, technical obsolescence of analogue materials, harsh environmental conditions and limited access to technological and financial resources in many remote communities presents a serious risk of unique cultural and language materials becoming lost forever.

In 2013 MNSI, working in collaboration with the Kanamkek Yile-Ngala Museum, Wadeye, NT, and researchers from the University of Melbourne's Research Unit for Indigenous Languages, Indigenous Studies Unit (Centre for Health Equity) and the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation explored how audio-visual collections might be effectively digitised, stored and accessed by local community members. The project investigated several content delivery platforms including Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), Raspberry Pi, and a Wireless Local Area Network.

In this presentation I discuss the Wadeye case study and the Remote Media National Archiving Strategy for the capture, storage and access of audio-visual materials in regional and remote Australia.

Lyndon Ormond-Parker

Lyndon Ormond-Parker is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and with the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, Faculty of Arts. Lyndon's research is focused on Information Technology and Indigenous Communities. His current ARC funded research project is entitled "Local aboriginal community archives: The use of information technology and the national broadband network in disaster preparedness and recovery". Lyndon is a recognized expert in cultural heritage and serves on a number of committees including: the Australian Heritage Council; Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation, Ministry for the Arts; Research Advisory Committee, National Centre for Indigenous Genomics, ANU; Remote Media Archiving Working Party, Indigenous Remote Communications Association.

Seminar Details

Date: Friday 11 December
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue: Richard Newton Rooms, Electrical Engineering Building, University of Melbourne
RSVP: Fiorella Chiodo, fmchiodo@unimelb.edu.au