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LINGUIST List 23.2946

Thu Jul 05 2012

All: Announcing TalkBank’s Online Metadata Facility

Editor for this issue: Kristen Dunkinson <kristenlinguistlist.org>

Date: 05-Jul-2012
From: Kristen Dunkinson <kristenlinguistlist.org>
Subject: Announcing TalkBank’s Online Metadata Facility
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Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers,

We are pleased to announce Brian MacWhinney and TalkBank's online
metadata facility, MetaMaker. You can find it at

What is the MetaMaker?

The MetaMaker is a web form that will let you create a metadata record for
the existence of corpora that may be of interest to other researchers.
Submitting corpora information to MetaMaker is also an easy way to create a
metadata record that is then automatically harvested by the OLAC system
and made visible to the world through OLAC's search service. Currently, the
form can only accept complete corpora as a single unit. In the future,
TalkBank will implement a version of this page for the IMDI system, where it
may be possible to create a metadata entry for individual files.

What is OLAC?

OLAC is part of the Open Archives Initiative, a cross-disciplinary movement
to make it easier for electronic archives to share information. OLAC is an
"open archives" initiative designed specifically to make information about
language data and documentation easily available. More information about
OLAC can be found at http://linguistlist.org/olac/.

What is the OLAC search engine?

In order to make linguistic data more accessible, the Open Language
Archives Community (OLAC) has assembled an online database, similar to a
huge library catalog. In the catalog information is stored on language
resources, such as corpora, field notes, grammars, audio/video recordings,
descriptive papers, and so on. Each metadata entry is stored in XML format,
which organizes it so that it is easily understood by the OLAC search engine.
You can visit the OLAC search engine at http://search.language-

If you should have any questions about the MetaMaker or entering your
corpora into the system please send an email to Brian MacWhinney (macw at
cmu dot edu).

Best Regards,

Kristen Dunkinson
LINGUIST List Managing Editor

Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

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