Researchers, communities, institutions and sound recordings (2003)
Linguists, ethnomusicologists and anthropologists all record audio material as part of their research. This material has immense cultural significance as it is often the only record of endangered cultures. Its uniqueness also places an ethical obligation on the researchers to look after the material so that it can be returned to the community if desired. We are in the midst of the digital revolution, and standards are currently being forged for encoding, indexing and sharing of data that will affect the work of all researchers now and into the future.
Whether linguists, musicologists, oral historians or anthropologists, we share a common concern to ensure that our primary data is transferred and maintained in the digital domain in ways that maximise future longevity and access, and are congruent with our ethical undertakings to our collaborators. In many cases these aims are quite contrary to the interests of the global commercial music industry, which continues to dominate technological development of digital audio. At the same time our institutions are in the early stages of establishing appropriate models for managing and sharing electronic resources within national and international academic and library networks. We consider that it is timely for a researcher's perspective to be contributed to these debates.
This collection of papers was originally published through Open Conference Systems by the Faculty of Arts, University of Sydney in 2004: http://conferences.arts.usyd.edu.au/index.php?cf=2.
Published 2004-01-01The late 1960s saw the start of the "electronic-dictionary age" (de Schryver, 2003). The growth in the use of computers has transformed all aspects of dictionary-making, from collecting data about word meanings and uses, ...Conference paper
History, memory and music: The repatriation of digital audio to Yolngu communities, or, memory as metadata Published 2004-01-01This paper will examine a range of issues surrounding the documentation, digitization, and repatriation of archival field recordings of Yolngu music as an integral part of a project on the history of Arnhem Land music ...Conference paper
Published 2004-01-01Field recordings pose many dilemmas for intellectual property law, researchers, and the creation of databases containing Indigenous knowledge. Challenges arise because these field recordings in tangible form undergo constant ...Conference paper
Published 2004-01-01Although the Archive of Maori and Pacific Music is located within the University of Auckland and is used by staff and students, the last decade has seen a steady increase in the proportion of non-university users to the ...Conference paper
Published 2004-01-01Why do we need an archive of sound recordings of the languages (and music, oral literature, etc.) of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Islands? The short answer is simple: To preserve for posterity as rich as possible ...Conference paper