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Access to data in the PARADISEC repository is available to those who have signed an access form. A nominal fee may be charged for files delivered on CD/DVD. Completed forms should be posted or faxed to PARADISEC (Sydney).

PARADISEC has been funded by the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne, New England, ANU the Australian Research Council and Grangenet.

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SEEKING SPONSORSHIP

PARADISEC is seeking sponsorship to enable it to continue safeguarding endangered ethnographic recordings. While the repository that houses the data is secure, we are funded on a project basis and cannot fund tape digitisation, nor the necessary negotiation and travel to ensure that collections are located and transported to our digitisation suites. This means that the expertise developed within the project is at risk of being lost. We are interested to hear from any potential donor who would consider underwriting the project for a period of time to allow us to devote our efforts to preserving these unique records rather than spending much of our time writing funding applications or reports.

We are hoping to hear from donors who would be willing to underwrite the following activities. Acknowledgement of donors will be made in the catalogue entry and in other mutually agreeable forms.

PARADISEC (Inc) is a deductible gift recipient*, which means that any donations over $2 can be claimed as a tax deduction. You will receive an automatic receipt from Paypal but please contact us if you need an additional receipt for tax purposes. Thanks very much for your support of our work.


Typical projects we have undertaken and can undertake in future if we have sufficient funding include:
Tapes at the Divine Word University in Madang, PNG

Madang, PNG. John Z’graggen’s recordings (many PNG languages represented)
173 60 minute cassettes, 43 Sony PRA 275 m 36 micron tapes, and 40 older audio reels Cost of shipping to Australia, cleaning, digitising, accession to collection and return of DVD copies to Madang estimated at $28,000.

Tapes in the Solomon Islands Museum in Honiara


Solomon Islands National Museum, Honiara. 800 recordings (many Solomon Islands languages represented)
Cassettes and open reels. Estimated cost of transport to Sydney, cleaning, digitising, accession to collection and return of hard disk copies to Honiara $70,000.

Asmat (Central Asmat) (Indonesia/West Papua) (Ethnologue code: cns)
Number of speakers: 7,000
Cost: AUD$9,100
Materials deposited by Ruth H. Roesler and The Evangelical Alliance Museum. Materials of Calvin Roesler, recorded in the 1950s.
54 reel-to-reel tapes plus three inches of manuscripts.
Assessed by Professor William Foley (University of Sydney) as being "priceless" material.
Each of these tapes requires cleaning and special care before they can be digitised. The estimated cost for digitising  each tape is in the order of AUD$150, a total of AUD$8,100. Imaging the associated notes for web delivery will cost around AUD$1.50 per page, or a total of some AUD$1,000.

Bahasa Sabu / Lii Hawu (Indonesia)
Two boxes of language data (Bahasa Sabu / Lii Hawu) collected by Alan Walker in the 60s-70s (published as Walker, Alan T. 1982. A Grammar of Sawu. NUSA Linguistic Studies in Indonesian and Languages of Indonesia. Vol. 13.). This includes language cards (7 boxes), notebooks (43), open reels (14) and cassettes (40).
Estimated cost of digitising the tapes is $6,000. The cost of imaging the cards notebooks is unknown without further investigation.

Paamese (Vanuatu) (Ethnologue code: pma)
Number of speakers: 6,000
Cost: AUD$3,000
Materials from Terry Crowley's estate.
20 reel-to-reel tapes.
Each of these tapes requires cleaning and special care before they can be digitised. The estimated cost for digitising each tape is in the order of AUD$150.

Ngunese (Vanuatu) (Ethnologue code: llp)
Number of speakers: less than 3,000
Cost: AUD$900
Material deposited by Al Schütz.
6 reel-to-reel tapes.
Each of these tapes requires cleaning and special care before they can be digitised. The estimated cost for digitising each tape is in the order of AUD$150.

Acehnese (Indonesia) (Ethnologue code: ace)
Number of speakers: 3,000,000
Cost: AUD$31,400
Material deposited by Mark Durie.
314 reel-to-reel tapes or cassettes.
The estimated cost for digitising each tape is in the order of AUD$100.

Wurm collection (many languages represented)
Cost: AUD$51,000
Material deposited by Helen Wurm.
340 reel-to-reel tapes.
This is the collection of tapes recorded by the late Professor Stephen Wurm in many different languages. Each of these tapes requires cleaning and special care before they can be digitised. The estimated cost for digitising each tape is in the order of AUD$150.

Ken McElhanon (Various PNG languages)
Cost: AUD$5,700
57 reel-to-reel tapes or cassettes.
The estimated cost for digitising each tape is in the order of AUD$100.

Gayo, Aceh (Indonesia) (Ethnologue code: gay)
Number of speakers: 180,000 in 1989
Cost: AUD$900
9 cassette tapes deposited by Domenyk Eades.
The estimated cost for digitising each tape is in the order of AUD$100.

(Numbers of speakers obtained from Ethnologue.)

*PARADISEC (Inc) is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient under: item 1 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997; item 4 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997; Subdivision 30-D of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. Item in Subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (12.1.3 public museum).

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