Digitalisation process a big challenge for the museum

THE digitisation of historically important documents and recordings by the Fiji Museum will soon be completed, says director Sipiriano Nemani.

He said the process was a big challenge for the museum but they were grateful for the support of a South Korean organisation which specialised in digitally capturing and securing historical works.

“We have a lot of collections, we have lot objects and we have a lot of written materials, documentations, scripts and photographs,” Mr Nemani said.

“The problem is that they are not digitised and we don’t have backup copies for them.

“We are thankful for International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICHCAP), a Koreaa-based organisation has come on board to support us and provided funding to help us do this.

“With their assistance, we are creating back-ups for our written documents and analog recordings.

“This includes video and audio recording done in the 1960s and 1970s that are kept in the museum.”

He said the digitisation process would be used to preserve important traditional content of all cultures.

“There are cultural aspects things like how people do the traditional sevusevu, the chanting for meke and dances.

“We have iTaukei culture and also collection content of other cultures in the country as well.”

Mr Nemani said the digitisation process should be completed by the end of this month.