Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures, Sydney

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures, Sydney

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name



  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Indigenous
  • International
  • University

Contact area


Amanda Harris



Street address

Conservatorium of Music, Conservatorium Road, Sydney




New South Wales

Country name

Postal code



03 8344 8952



Description area


We digitise and archive records of the many small languages of the world. We have worked to ensure that the archive can provide access to interested communities and conforms to international standards for digital archiving. While our original focus was the Asia-Pacific region, we now hold material from all over the world, and currently have over 1,000 languages represented in the collection.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

PARADISEC is a consortium of three universities: the Universities of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, and the Australian National University. Operational functions are distributed across the participating campuses.

PARADISEC is directed by a Steering Committee of representatives from these three universities, with Dr Nick Thieberger as the PARADISEC Director, and Prof Linda Barwick as the Sydney Director.

At the University of Sydney PARADISEC is hosted by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, our University of Melbourne base is in the School of Languages and Linguistics, and at the Australian National University PARADISEC is hosted by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

Records management and collecting policies




We have also digitised the fieldnotes of Arthur Capell, Stephen A. Wurm and Calvin Roesler and these are publicly available through the website. See

We have distributed copies of recordings to the Vanuatu Cultural Centre, the University of New Caledonia, the Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies, the Solomon Islands National Museum and to Rapa Nui.

Finding aids, guides and publications

PARADISEC’s catalog can be searched freely with unrestricted access via the OLAC or the LINGUIST LIST gateway. Data in the PARADISEC collection should be cited at the item level using format given in our catalog’s ‘Cite as’ field, and we also include digital object identifiers (doi). See

Access area

Opening times

Access conditions and requirements

Access conditions for files stored in our archive vary by Collection, and are specified in each Collection or Item in the catalog. Unless otherwise stated, the work in PARADISEC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The moral rights of the performers are asserted. See the website for further information.


Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 28 March 2018




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Thematic area)
  • Indigenous (Thematic area)
  • Language (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Conservatorium of Music, Conservatorium Road, Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales 2006