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Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages 

The Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages (LAAL) will be an online archive of literature in more than 16 Indigenous languages from the Northern Territory. The archive will also be searchable via Trove, which will harvest the publications’ metadata and point to digitised images. LAAL’s Indigenous language expertise will be used to improve the records in Trove.

Focusing on books produced in the NT Literature Production Centres between 1973 and 2000, the project will digitise the books and send copies to the communities in which they were made. With permission from language owners, the digital copies, text files and related material will be published in the archive. It is hoped that language owners will also contribute to further collaborative research.

The long-term goal is for the archive to continue to expand to incorporate materials from other states and sources.

The LAAL project is run by Charles Darwin University and Australian National University. Representatives from the project met with NSLA members at their meeting in Darwin last week.

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