Research Project

Researchers: Dr Brian Clive Devlin (Principal investigator) ,  Professor Jane Helen Simpson (Principal investigator) ,  Professor Michael John Christie (Principal investigator) ,  A/Prof Brian Devlin (Chief Investigator) ,  Jane Simpson (Chief Investigator)
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Full description

The Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages project is a digital archive of literature in Australian Indigenous languages from around the Northern Territory. Beginning with a focus on books produced during the era of bilingual education (1973 – 2000s), the collection now includes over 4000 items in over 35 different languages. The materials in the collection are both widely dispersed and endangered, and contain interesting and significant stories, many with beautiful illustrations, and many with English translations. With permission from the language owners, materials have been identified, sourced, digitised and OCRed, then uploaded to an open online archive so people can find them and read them.

As a Living Archive, this resource will enable researchers nationally and internationally to engage with the texts and related resources, and with the original owning language communities, to pursue collaborative research.

The archive, which is available through, has been funded by the Australian Research Council through the Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) scheme, and is being set up by these partner agencies: Charles Darwin University, Australian National University and the NT Department of Education, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Northern Territory Library, NT Catholic Education Office, and Australian National University.

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Licence & Rights

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Rights Statement

Because the three CIs are active researchers in the areas of digital technologies and collections, we understand the needs of researchers for open access online materials. At the same time, the longterm collaboration between CDU, NT Indigenous communities and NT Department of Education (NT DET) means that we can ensure the maintenance of the intellectual property rights of both Indigenous communities and the NT DET, as well as developing fruitful interactions with Indigenous researchers. Finally, the positioning of this infrastructure within universities means that we can arrange the governance and intellectual property arrangements to meet the statutory requirements and aspirations of Australian universities.This project is directed not only at locating, connecting up and digitising this vast corpus, but in making it publicly available in a centralized extensible archive with appropriate connections to traditional authority.Contact:

Access rights

Pending the archive being made open access, mediated access can be negotiated with chief investigator, Dr Michael Christie:

Contact Information

Postal Address:
Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages The Northern Institute Charles Darwin University Darwin, NT 0909 Australia