SignDNA: a Deaf/NZSL archive

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SignDNA: A Deaf::Nzsl Archive

Project 2012-11-15 03:16:02 +1300


The Deaf community's visual history is literally dissolving before our eyes.

Hundreds of vintage films and videos, documenting the history of New Zealand Sign Language and the Deaf community are in urgent need of collection and preservation.

We need your help. 

The SignDNA project has received dozens of donated films and videos (8mm, 16mm) covering the visual history of the New Zealand Deaf Community – from the early 1950s to the late 1990s. From this collection, we have identified 50 old film reels desperately at risk from irreparable decay, and we need you to help save them!


Films collected so far cover an amazing spectrum of categories, listed below.

Sports – NZ Deaf Games, Open Championships, NZ Deaf Rugby, World Deaf Games, prizegiving events, meetings, speeches, Trans-Tasman games.

Education – Jubilee, events, trips, functions, schools, students, meetings, interviews, stories.

Community Events – balls, speeches, socialising, parties, modelling, picnics, events, workshops, awards, conferences.

Storytelling/Performance – sign-singing, stories, jokes, drama/theatre.

Documentary/TV – footage from TV that includes Deaf people/NZSL, interviews, documentaries, film, news, advertisements.

Deaf Organisations/Deaf Clubs – AGM, discussions, history, interviews, meetings, social events, picnics, conferences, openings, launches.

Deaf Youth – camps, leadership training, workshops, socialising, stories.

Maori Deaf – events, early footage of Maori Deaf leaders.

Interpreting – graduations, speeches, presentations, panels.

Sign Language – parties, speeches, NZSL, TC, stories, workshops.

Interviews – life stories, misc.

Other – Deaf women, religious events.


SignDNA - Sign Language Deaf National Archive


SignDNA is a project aimed at preserving the visual history of the NZ Deaf Community. Deaf New Zealanders are amazingly visual people, who use a visual language based on linguistic gestures and movement - New Zealand Sign Language, which is an official language (NZSL Act 2006).

NZSL has no written form. Therefore, while other aspects of Deaf history are available in other formats, such as photos and books for example, film and video are the only methods to capture Sign Language and the rich culture it contains and expresses. 

As the footage ages it is at high risk of substrate decay, called "vinegar syndrome" for its strong smell! This condition is permanent and renders the film unreadable, its contents lost forever. Sadly we have already many donated films as suffering from this blight.

$10,000 is needed urgently to digitise the 50 most at risk films before their contents are lost forever. This equates to $200 per film for professional digitisation, analysis and categorisation, and processing into the archive.



SignDNA's vision

Our vision is to conserve our visual history for all New Zealanders to access, by locating old films and videos from the Deaf community; digitise them into a digital format, and host them in an online archive for all to access for free.

The SignDNA website – www.signDNA.org.nz, to be officially released in 2013, can be openly used for research, personal interest, educational purposes among others. This project will be carried out in collaboration with other digital partners, to help find NZ digital material related to the New Zealand Deaf community that is hidden or buried on the internet or in other archives. This will be a globally unique archive and we hope that others countries will be inspired to follow suit.

Thank you for your consideration, and please feel free to get in touch for more information via email: [email protected]

NB. Screenshots of videos above generously donated by Auckland Deaf Society's Senior Citizens group, Sue Penman, Pam Croskery, and Dulcie McKie. Edited video shown here donated by Auckland Deaf Society's Senior Citizens group. 



Comments

Updates 3

Thank YOU!

27/01/2013 at 4:06 AM

Cutting it extremely, extremely close but SignDNA has achieved $10,415 in pledges! THANKS! We're beyond delighted and grateful to all those who pledged a donation or helped spread the word. Special thanks to Otago Deaf Society and Otago-Southland Deaf Sports Combined for their massive last minute donation of $2K. Ball officially rolling on this project! We'll be in touch tomorrow with our amazing pledgers! xx

No credit card? Worry not!

16/12/2012 at 11:30 PM

FYI: PledgeMe is only able to accept credit card payments. For people wanting to make a bank transfer instead, please get in touch with us via [email protected] for our bank details. We will then put up a donation on your behalf online!

Mucho gracias x

One-quarter there!

13/12/2012 at 9:21 PM

To everyone who has contributed to the project, thank YOUUU! We'd bake you all a Christmas cake if we could!

We are now just over one-quarter towards our goal, and we'll get there with YOUR help! Please bear with us while we hammer your phones and inboxes. Perhaps you could contribute as a Christmas present for someone you know? ;)

In the meantime, here at SignDNA, we've been getting down and dirty - going through hundreds of VHS and DVD contributions in recent days with our volunteers. Believe us when we say our history, the history of the NZ Deaf community, is nothing short of awe-amazing!

Hats off to our volunteers, you rock!

    Pledgers 85

    Rekha Rosario
    2013-01-18 10:07:27 +1300
    iSign
    2013-01-18 08:36:00 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2013-01-17 19:55:08 +1300
    iSign
    2013-01-17 15:04:38 +1300
    Marlene Beale CODA Communications
    2013-01-17 13:53:24 +1300
    Elinor Cuttiford
    2013-01-17 12:52:59 +1300
    Tiho Mijatov
    2013-01-17 12:38:11 +1300
    Warren Forster
    2013-01-17 12:11:24 +1300
    Lenni Allen
    2013-01-17 11:52:28 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2013-01-17 11:41:03 +1300
    Connect Interpreting
    2013-01-17 10:52:29 +1300
    Dean Easterbrook
    2013-01-17 09:49:55 +1300
    BWB
    2013-01-17 08:58:52 +1300
    Denise & Greg Powell
    2013-01-16 18:48:45 +1300
    Susan Hamilton
    2013-01-15 15:02:23 +1300
    Catherine
    2013-01-15 14:45:29 +1300
    Karen Cole
    2013-01-15 09:41:56 +1300
    Liz Grant
    2013-01-11 08:52:12 +1300
    Sara McKee
    2013-01-10 23:37:07 +1300
    Shirley Horrocks
    2013-01-10 12:18:23 +1300
    Bernie Clews
    2013-01-10 10:41:21 +1300
    Stephen Monica Leach
    2013-01-10 08:30:32 +1300
    James Riley
    2013-01-08 16:12:47 +1300
    Simon & Mel
    2013-01-08 13:04:08 +1300
    Mary Johnson
    2013-01-08 12:53:52 +1300
    Shona McGhie
    2013-01-08 12:50:44 +1300
    phillip
    2013-01-08 08:21:25 +1300
    Greg Hewgill
    2013-01-03 19:29:34 +1300
    Sarah Miller
    2012-12-28 09:13:36 +1300
    Christine Brennan
    2012-12-26 17:52:26 +1300

    Followers 3

    Followers of SignDNA: a Deaf/NZSL archive

    SignDNA: A Deaf::Nzsl Archive

    Project 2012-11-15 03:16:02 +1300


    The Deaf community's visual history is literally dissolving before our eyes.

    Hundreds of vintage films and videos, documenting the history of New Zealand Sign Language and the Deaf community are in urgent need of collection and preservation.

    We need your help. 

    The SignDNA project has received dozens of donated films and videos (8mm, 16mm) covering the visual history of the New Zealand Deaf Community – from the early 1950s to the late 1990s. From this collection, we have identified 50 old film reels desperately at risk from irreparable decay, and we need you to help save them!


    Films collected so far cover an amazing spectrum of categories, listed below.

    Sports – NZ Deaf Games, Open Championships, NZ Deaf Rugby, World Deaf Games, prizegiving events, meetings, speeches, Trans-Tasman games.

    Education – Jubilee, events, trips, functions, schools, students, meetings, interviews, stories.

    Community Events – balls, speeches, socialising, parties, modelling, picnics, events, workshops, awards, conferences.

    Storytelling/Performance – sign-singing, stories, jokes, drama/theatre.

    Documentary/TV – footage from TV that includes Deaf people/NZSL, interviews, documentaries, film, news, advertisements.

    Deaf Organisations/Deaf Clubs – AGM, discussions, history, interviews, meetings, social events, picnics, conferences, openings, launches.

    Deaf Youth – camps, leadership training, workshops, socialising, stories.

    Maori Deaf – events, early footage of Maori Deaf leaders.

    Interpreting – graduations, speeches, presentations, panels.

    Sign Language – parties, speeches, NZSL, TC, stories, workshops.

    Interviews – life stories, misc.

    Other – Deaf women, religious events.


    SignDNA - Sign Language Deaf National Archive


    SignDNA is a project aimed at preserving the visual history of the NZ Deaf Community. Deaf New Zealanders are amazingly visual people, who use a visual language based on linguistic gestures and movement - New Zealand Sign Language, which is an official language (NZSL Act 2006).

    NZSL has no written form. Therefore, while other aspects of Deaf history are available in other formats, such as photos and books for example, film and video are the only methods to capture Sign Language and the rich culture it contains and expresses. 

    As the footage ages it is at high risk of substrate decay, called "vinegar syndrome" for its strong smell! This condition is permanent and renders the film unreadable, its contents lost forever. Sadly we have already many donated films as suffering from this blight.

    $10,000 is needed urgently to digitise the 50 most at risk films before their contents are lost forever. This equates to $200 per film for professional digitisation, analysis and categorisation, and processing into the archive.



    SignDNA's vision

    Our vision is to conserve our visual history for all New Zealanders to access, by locating old films and videos from the Deaf community; digitise them into a digital format, and host them in an online archive for all to access for free.

    The SignDNA website – www.signDNA.org.nz, to be officially released in 2013, can be openly used for research, personal interest, educational purposes among others. This project will be carried out in collaboration with other digital partners, to help find NZ digital material related to the New Zealand Deaf community that is hidden or buried on the internet or in other archives. This will be a globally unique archive and we hope that others countries will be inspired to follow suit.

    Thank you for your consideration, and please feel free to get in touch for more information via email: [email protected]

    NB. Screenshots of videos above generously donated by Auckland Deaf Society's Senior Citizens group, Sue Penman, Pam Croskery, and Dulcie McKie. Edited video shown here donated by Auckland Deaf Society's Senior Citizens group. 



    Comments

    Thank YOU!

    27/01/2013 at 4:06 AM

    Cutting it extremely, extremely close but SignDNA has achieved $10,415 in pledges! THANKS! We're beyond delighted and grateful to all those who pledged a donation or helped spread the word. Special thanks to Otago Deaf Society and Otago-Southland Deaf Sports Combined for their massive last minute donation of $2K. Ball officially rolling on this project! We'll be in touch tomorrow with our amazing pledgers! xx

    No credit card? Worry not!

    16/12/2012 at 11:30 PM

    FYI: PledgeMe is only able to accept credit card payments. For people wanting to make a bank transfer instead, please get in touch with us via [email protected] for our bank details. We will then put up a donation on your behalf online!

    Mucho gracias x

    One-quarter there!

    13/12/2012 at 9:21 PM

    To everyone who has contributed to the project, thank YOUUU! We'd bake you all a Christmas cake if we could!

    We are now just over one-quarter towards our goal, and we'll get there with YOUR help! Please bear with us while we hammer your phones and inboxes. Perhaps you could contribute as a Christmas present for someone you know? ;)

    In the meantime, here at SignDNA, we've been getting down and dirty - going through hundreds of VHS and DVD contributions in recent days with our volunteers. Believe us when we say our history, the history of the NZ Deaf community, is nothing short of awe-amazing!

    Hats off to our volunteers, you rock!
      Rekha Rosario
      2013-01-18 10:07:27 +1300
      iSign
      2013-01-18 08:36:00 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2013-01-17 19:55:08 +1300
      iSign
      2013-01-17 15:04:38 +1300
      Marlene Beale CODA Communications
      2013-01-17 13:53:24 +1300
      Elinor Cuttiford
      2013-01-17 12:52:59 +1300
      Tiho Mijatov
      2013-01-17 12:38:11 +1300
      Warren Forster
      2013-01-17 12:11:24 +1300
      Lenni Allen
      2013-01-17 11:52:28 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2013-01-17 11:41:03 +1300
      Connect Interpreting
      2013-01-17 10:52:29 +1300
      Dean Easterbrook
      2013-01-17 09:49:55 +1300
      BWB
      2013-01-17 08:58:52 +1300
      Denise & Greg Powell
      2013-01-16 18:48:45 +1300
      Susan Hamilton
      2013-01-15 15:02:23 +1300
      Catherine
      2013-01-15 14:45:29 +1300
      Karen Cole
      2013-01-15 09:41:56 +1300
      Liz Grant
      2013-01-11 08:52:12 +1300
      Sara McKee
      2013-01-10 23:37:07 +1300
      Shirley Horrocks
      2013-01-10 12:18:23 +1300
      Bernie Clews
      2013-01-10 10:41:21 +1300
      Stephen Monica Leach
      2013-01-10 08:30:32 +1300
      James Riley
      2013-01-08 16:12:47 +1300
      Simon & Mel
      2013-01-08 13:04:08 +1300
      Mary Johnson
      2013-01-08 12:53:52 +1300
      Shona McGhie
      2013-01-08 12:50:44 +1300
      phillip
      2013-01-08 08:21:25 +1300
      Greg Hewgill
      2013-01-03 19:29:34 +1300
      Sarah Miller
      2012-12-28 09:13:36 +1300
      Christine Brennan
      2012-12-26 17:52:26 +1300

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      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 27/01/2013 at 4:59 PM.