Archiving Project

Remote Media National Archiving Strategy

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

Key outputs of the project are to:

  1. Promote principles of cultural management and operation of remote archives
  2. Develop baseline data (quantitative and qualitative) of remote archives as at 2014 and identify archives at risk of damage or loss or closure
  3. Lobby for funding of archives, including strategic funding for archives at risk.
  4. Develop a training strategy for remote archive staff, volunteers and cultural advisors
  5. Make handbooks/resources on key archive operations available to the sector
  6. Investigate and support opportunities for sharing of resources between remote archives
  7. Facilitate and support relationship development and partnerships development between the remote archive sector and major Indigenous collecting agencies and researchers
  8. Promote and celebrate the significance of remote archives
  9. Develop a remote archive 'manifesto' with regard to cultural rights, governance, protocols, principles and practices


2015 Outcomes

  • Delivery of 3 x 5 day training workshops in Darwin, Alice Springs and Broome
  • Information sheets development
  • Finalisation of recommended standards for Digital file formats and Metadata sets
  • Establishment of a National and State Libraries Association and IRCA Working Group on Audiovisual Collections in REmote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.
  • Establishment by the National Film and Sound Archive of an annual Fellowship for remote Indigenous Archive workers(link is external).
  • Appointment of IRCA representative to the new AIATSIS Collections Advisory Committee.
  • Presentation at Desart Conference, 1st April 2015
  • Presentation at the NFSA Digital Directions forum(link is external) on 27 October 2015.