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Language archiving and data ecology

Abstract

Archives and language artifacts play an increasingly important role in linguistics, folklore studies, ethnic studies, language documentation, ethnomusicology, (minority language focused) multi-lingual education, and anthropology. Funding agencies like the NSF, NEH, DEL, CIRC, SOAS/ELDP, DoBeS, and private foundations require grantees to archive their content. However, as producers of language material artifacts, do archiving requirements come to us begrudgingly or do we embrace them? Building on previously presented work (Paterson & Nordmoe 2013) about the practice of Archiving at the SIL Language and Culture Archive, Hugh presents an overview of linguistic archiving and a discussion of his recent survey on the practice of archiving lexical databases. This is the first known global survey that attempts to assess the archiving habits of linguists across disciplines and institutional affiliations.

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Eugene, Oregon
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Hugh J. Paterson III (2014) Language archiving and data ecology. Presentation at the University of Oregon GLOSS and the Department of Linguistics Colloquium, Eugene, OR, 23 May.

This presentation is part of a series of presentations based on analyzing user interactions with the SIL Language and Culture Archive. This presentation is mostly the same content as what was later presented in a poster at the 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation.

Other presentations in this series include:

Paterson, Hugh J, III. 2015. Lexical dataset archiving: an assessment of practice. Poster presented at the 4th International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa, Honolulu, HI. February 26 – March 1st. Version 1.0

Paterson, Hugh J, III and Jeremy Nordmoe. 2013. Challenges of implementing a tool to extract metadata from linguists: The use case of RAMP. Poster presented at SIL-UND, Summer 2013 session in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Version 1.5 (Essentially this is the same poster as presented in Hawai'i, but laid out with different dimensions.)

Paterson, Hugh J, III and Jeremy Nordmoe. 2013. Challenges of implementing a tool to extract metadata from linguists: The use case of RAMP. Poster presented at 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation, at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa, Honolulu, HI. February 28 – March 3rd. Version 1.4 Online at: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/26178