Book Chapter

Research Methods in Recording Oral Tradition: Choosing Between the Evanescence of the Digital or the Senescence of the Analog

Nick Thieberger

Research Methods for the Digital Humanities | Palgrave Macmillan | Published : 2018


In this chapter I present methods for creating proper research data so that it can be archived and re-used in future, with a focus on linguistic fieldwork, but with principles that apply across a range of humanities disciplines. Our research group in Australia set up a project to preserve records in the world’s small languages, this is the Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures ( As the collection grows in size (currently 45TB) and number of languages represented (currently just over 1,170) we have to seriously consider the longterm viability of the collection. But the most urgent issue that faces us is to locate and digitise recordings that..

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