Website and Digitisation Project

The digitisation and website project aims to look after and give access to works in the Collection by:

  • Digitising works, to preserve them
  • Uploading works to the website, for people to see and use.

Look after, preserve materials

  • Make sure there is a digital copy, even if the original is damaged or destroyed.
  • Make sure we can see and hear works into the future even if technology changes.
  • Help to stop works being damaged from handling.

Give access to the Collection

  • Upload items to the website (if consent given).
  • Help people to access items without coming to the archive room.
  • Support language speakers, schools, researchers and students in far away or remote locations.
  • Give a copy to the copyright holder or creator.
  • Give a copy to another collection, e.g. language centre (by special request, certain conditions).

Digitise works in your own language

From time to time, the CALL Collection may work with CALL to provide training for students and others of you who may want to learn how to digitise works in your own language for your own cultural maintenance project. If workshops are available, the dates will be posted on this website.


All digitised works must go through a consent process before they can be uploaded to the public website. The Collection seeks consent from people before uploading works. If you can help with our consent strategy please contact the Library.

There are different kinds of consent for the website:

  • Copyright consent
  • Creator consent
  • Community or ICIP* consent
  • Talent Release.

Sometimes we have to cover all these different kinds of consent for a work to be uploaded on the website. All the consent requests refer to Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property as part of the consent process.

If you can help us find people, learn more about the materials and help guide us with the consent process, please contact the Library.

Orphan works

Where a work doesn’t name the person or people who made it, or a copyright holder, the Collection may upload an item to the website to ask the public for help. If you can help us find out more about materials in the Collection, or you are the right authority to let us know about restrictions for an orphan work, please contact the Library.

Cultural Restrictions

Some works in the archive have cultural restrictions. This means you may not be allowed to access certain works from the archive room or the website.

If a work that is on the website becomes restricted, and the Collection is informed, the item may be removed from the website for a time.

Please contact us if you have the authority and know of any items in the Collection that require special restriction notices, rules or need to be removed from the website for a time. We cannot place a restriction or remove an item if we are not informed by the right authority.

Digitisation Criteria and Priorities

Works will be prioritised for digitisation and the website if they are:

  • Consent cleared (authors and copyright have given permission for the work to be on the website)
  • At risk of loss, damage or deterioration
  • Requested for special use (e.g. by a language workshop, language project).

We need the right consent to upload works to the website.

Some works will not be digitised if they are available elsewhere.

The website and digital archive project is a large task and will be ongoing.