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Press coverage of PARADISEC

ABC media story on PARADISEC titled: ‘Australian universities preserving Asia and Pacific cultural traditions’ October 2013.

Nick Thieberger interviewed by Islands Business magazine on the UNESCO listing of PARADISEC's collections. June 2013

Radio Australia interview with Nick Thieberger on ‘Google joins fight to save endangered languages’, 25th June, 2012.

"Documenting the human capacity for thought" in Share: the newsletter of the Australian National Data Service, Issue 12, May 2012 (940KB)

"Sustainable Data from Digital Research" in Australian Policy Online: Research and Resources in the Public Interest, 22 February 2012,

Nick Thieberger interviewed by Heather Jarvis on Radio Australia’s Pacific Mornings program about UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage "See, Hear and Learn" on 27 October 2011 (mp3 audio courtesy of ABC Radio Australia's Pacific Mornings program 5.25MB)

"Institute of PNG Studies Gets Music Recordings." National Weekender 27 April, 2007article

"PNG Archival Music on Disc." Gavamani Sivarai April, 2007 jpg (212 KB)

Article on return of Andrew McIntyre's tapes as CD copies in Vanuatu Independent No. 153, 29 October 2006. Image clipping

“Pacific Digital Archive set up” in APSIG Newsletter Alia Asia Pacific Special Interest Group No.56, November 2004, 2.

"Precious Recordings safe at ANU" On Campus, June 2004, ANU

Nick Thieberger interviewed on Radio Australia's 'Chat room', 20 February 2004 (ABC Radio)

“The Role of Standards in Creating Community” Kathi Martin from Thirteenth International World Wide Web Conference, New York, 2004.

“Tongues live in digital library” by Dorothy Illing, Australian Higher Education Supplement, October 15 2003, p.27. Also published online in Australian IT News, 20 October 2003

“Archivists unite to preserve heritage”, Isabelle Genoux interview with Linda Barwick, broadcast 1 October 2003, Pacific Beat (ABC Radio, broadcast throughout the Pacific)

“Archivists fight to preserve heritage”, Isabelle Genoux feature on PARADISEC broadcast 9 October 2003, Pacific Beat Forum (ABC Radio)

“Sydney leads effort to save endangered languages”. University of Sydney News, 23 April 2004, p4.

“New technology, new collaborations”, by Louise Maral, University of Sydney Uninews (International Edition) Volume 35 No. 18, 17 October 2003, p.7.

Sam Davies interviews Linda Barwick, broadcast 28 September 2003, Arts Alive (ABC Radio)




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