LINGUIST List 23.1066

Fri Mar 02 2012

What can E-MELD do for you?

Editor for this issue: Matthew Lahrman <>

Date: 02-Mar-2012
From: LINGUIST List <>
Subject: E-MELD: Helping aid in preserving and documenting endangered language data
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The E-MELD project (, begun in 2001, was an NSF-funded five-year project designed to aid in the preservation of endangered languages data and documentation. The project is also intended to support the development of the necessary infrastructure for effective collaboration among electronic archives. The E-MELD Maintenance Team (EMT), founded in 2007, is a continuation of the E-MELD project, dedicated to keeping the site up-to-date with the most current resources for field linguists.

The pages on the E-MELD site provide useful information and tips on how to document and store language data. We are particularly proud of The School of Best Practices. Here, users can visit the "classroom" ( and find lessons and tutorials on how to create archival and presentation formats for various media types; better understand the concepts behind, and the recommendations of best practices for various documentation types; encode, store and render best practice data using assorted technologies; and make data available to more researchers in enduring formats using techniques for preservation. There is even Ask-an-Expert, where users can ask our E-MELD panel members about creating and preserving digital language documentation.

Our goal is to make E-MELD a useful resource for a wide range of users, from students who are in the early stages of their research career to professional field linguists. To keep the E-MELD site live and up-to-date, we need a maintenance team.

For this, we need your donations!

If you feel that E-MELD is important to you and the linguistic community at large, please contribute to our 2010 Fund Drive and support its maintenance. Donations received during our fund drive are used to support the graduate student assistants at LINGUIST List, including those who work on E-MELD maintenance. Your donation will help us keep the LINGUIST List site running, bringing the latest information to the linguistic community.

We appreciate your generosity.

Best Regards,


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