Archiving Project

A strategy for culturally important First Nations media collections

With sector organisations holding archives of culturally rich and historically valuable video content in old formats, IRCA is leading a National Archiving Strategy for digitisation; and seeking funding partners for this important national work.

Key outputs of the project are:

  1. Development of a First Nations Cultural Collections Archiving Strategy.
  2. Development of standards for digitisation formats and metadata.
  3. Promotion of principles of cultural management and operation of remote archives
  4. Development of baseline data (quantitative and qualitative) of remote archives as at 2014 and identify archives at risk of damage or loss or closure
  5. Lobbying for funding of archives, including strategic funding for archives at risk.
  6. Development of a training strategy for remote archive staff, volunteers and cultural advisors
  7. Development of handbooks/resources on key archive operations available to the sector
  8. Investigation and support for opportunities for sharing of resources between remote archives
  9. Facilitation and support for relationship development and partnerships development between the remote archive sector and major Indigenous collecting agencies and researchers
  10. Promotion and celebration of the significance of remote archives
  11. Development of a First Nations archive 'manifesto' with regard to cultural rights, governance, protocols, principles and practices