LINGUIST List 11.1763

Wed Aug 16 2000

Qs: Open Language Archives

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  1. Steven Bird, A Survey of Open Language Archives

Message 1: A Survey of Open Language Archives

Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2000 15:51:31 EDT
From: Steven Bird <>
Subject: A Survey of Open Language Archives

A Survey of Open Language Archives

By "Open Language Archive" we mean a digital repository of language
data, documentation and description, including texts, recordings,
dictionaries, grammars and field notes, where there is an intent to
make the materials openly available. "Open Language Archive" is
construed broadly, to include any such repository which has an
accessible digital component, even if it is just an online catalog or
a few digital holdings. It also encompasses organizations which
publish language data in electronic form. (NB. Our use of "open" is
inspired by the Open Archives initiative []).

Examples of the kinds of archives we have in mind are listed here:

The purpose of this survey is to identify:

1. all existing digital archives of language materials, the nature of
 their holdings, and any electronic publication activities
 (whether digital media or web-based);

2. all planned digital archives of language materials
 and their present status;

3. any technical, legal or moral obstacles particular to
 archives of language materials.

Additionally, we would like to find out about the metadata
(i.e. catalog fields) used for classifying archived
language materials.

If you (plan to) archive and/or publish digital language
materials and/or the associated metadata, please
visit this URL and complete our online survey

Many thanks,
Steven Bird.

Assoc Director, LDC; Adj Assoc Prof, CIS & Linguistics
Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania
3615 Market St, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2608
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