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ASEDA —Aboriginal Studies Electronic Data Archive

AIATSIS has the world's largest collection of computer- based information on Australia's Indigenous languages in ASEDA (Aboriginal Studies Electronic Data Archive). ASEDA's function is to collect and look after the computer-based information for the long term, and also to supply it to communities and others.The Archives section holds sound recordings of languages and the Library has many books and unpublished documents.AIATSIS has a Research Fellow in Language and Society ( Dr Patrick McConvell) who is involved in projects in this area.


ASEDA's services are available to language centres, community members, and researchers, subject to deposit and access conditions. ASEDA has the following types of material :

1. Dictionaries of Indigenous languages
2  Texts in Indigenous languages.
3. Some general texts relating to Indigenous Australia.

ASEDA also provides information and advice about using computers for language work. See also the Languages resources page.

What are ASEDA's functions?

ASEDA provides services to people working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Using electronic information, people can find material that is difficult to find in standard written texts.And they can 'add value' to existing work by adding to, adapting or correcting their own copy of it. ASEDA's languages collection allows users to engage in comparative linguistic work.There are over 200 languages represented in the collection.ASEDA's second function is to provide safe long term storage of electronic texts. This is a free service to communities, language centres and researchers.

ASEDA is now moving toward providing more on-line information. Language and other materials, where appropriate, will be available via email and the World Wide Web on the Internet.

How is ASEDA's information stored?

Information is stored on a large hard disk, backed up by removable Magneto-Optical Disks (MODs) and periodic CD backups. Information can be sent by depositors to ASEDA in just about any format. ASEDA will store the original form or convert it if necessary. It is preferable to send texts in standard formats, such as `text-only' or Microsoft Word. Structured texts are also preferred, because they can be converted to other formats and can be read by other software. For further information, contact ASEDA at the address below.

ASEDA will supply information in a file format to suit individual requirements.

What restrictions are there?

Normal copyright restrictions apply.There may be additional restrictions placed on items by depositors. Deposit and access forms accompany each item, specifying the type of access permitted. Many items are freely available for the use of researchers.

How can I use the Archive?

Browse the on-line catalogue. You can request items from ASEDA.You will then be sent a copy, subject to the access restrictions placed on it by the depositor. Or you can deposit information with ASEDA. Any information that would normally be deposited with AIATSIS in paper form can now also be deposited with ASEDA in electronic (computer-based) form. Your deposit can be made available to others or it can be held as a safe copy on closed access.

You can also request particular searches of the information held in the Archive.

What does the Archive have?

The ASEDA catalogue is available ( on-line or as a booklet or a HyperCard stack).