The Dig Tree project is a repository of multimedia liturgical materials that is being run by the New South Wales (state) Synod (organisation) of the Uniting Church in Australia.

What's the name?

The name has a double meaning:

  • digital tree alluding to the digital nature and the spreading branches and leaves of the resource;
  • The name Dig Tree also alludes to the Australian pioneer practice of planting caches of food and other materials underground at the base of a tree of which the bark or heart-wood (exposed by chopping off a segment of bark) had been 'blazed' or otherwise marked with the word "DIG". Hence, the Dig Tree cache of material is also available to be discovered.

Management and Staffing

The project is being managed for the NSW Synod by Kippax Uniting Church in suburban Canberra, the national capital of Australia, that is actually situated in the Australian Capital Territory (which itself is surrounded by New South Wales.) Kippax UC was selected because it hosted the first and second annual UCA multimedia worship conferences in 2003 and 2004, because it was one of if not the first Uniting Church to be cabled for digital dissemination of its management and liturgical resources, along with the associated firewall and server computers.

The staff person is Dean Tregenza, who works by telecommuting and maintaining / operating the Dig Tree web site.

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