Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Resources Computer Software
The following is a suggested list of resources for communities, schools, libraries, etc. to acquire that can support language revival in their communities – some are freeware, while others may require purchase or subscription licence.
Apple Software/Apps: there is a range of software/applications for Apple devices that can be utilised for language recording/documentation; particularly iMovie and iPhoto which come free with most, if not all devices.
Apps: there is a range of apps available for Android/Apple devices that can be utilised for the recording, documentation and preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Additionally, there are language-specific apps available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
Audacity is a free software program to assist language recording/audio editing. The program is easy to use and allows for manipulation/editing of sounds in a range of formats including MP3 and WAV. Further details: www.audacity.sourceforge.net/
GarageBand is another recording/audio editing software application. It is only available for Apple Mac: www.apple.com.au/mac/garageband/
Lexique Pro is a free dictionary software program for making interactive lexicons or word lists; it also makes picture dictionaries and lexicons for CDs and websites. Further details: www.lexiquepro.com/
Miromaa is a licensed software program developed by the Arwarbukarl Cultural Resource Association Inc to aid in Aboriginal language work; the program is easy to use/user friendly. Miromaa serves as a database for the collection, analysis and documentation of languages. Further details: www.miromaa.org.au
Microsoft Software: there is a range of Microsoft programs that can be utilised to support language revival, particularly in terms of producing language teaching/learning resources – most of these programs are installed as part of Windows-based PC operating systems. Further details: www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/default.aspx
- PhotoStory – download from Microsoft
- MovieMaker – comes with Windows XP onwards
Later versions of Windows may require installation of a suite of programs through Windows Essential: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/windows-live/essentials
Sharing Culture is an online platform that connects schools with the language and culture of their local community. Further details: www.sharingculture.com.au
There are a number of websites/organisations that have compiled useful IT links to support language revival, including:
- Miromaa Language and Technology Centre: www.miromaa.com.au/miromaa/toolkit.html
- Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity (RNLD): www.rnld.org/software
- SIL: www.sil.org/language-technology
These software programs in conjunction with a quality digital recording microphone and digital camera can enhance the capacity of libraries, schools and communities to collect, record and document Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Training in these software programs and equipment is recommended to gain the maximum benefit – State Library of Queensland (SLQ) may be able to assist in conducting/facilitating training for Public Libraries staff and community members.
For further information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages at SLQ, please contact:
kuril dhagun, State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place, South Brisbane Qld, 4101.
PO Box 3488, South Brisbane Qld, 4101.
t: (07) 3842 9836 f: (07) 3842 9893
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