Background of the paper
OLAC is the Open Language Archive Community. This is a community of digital data collections which aggregate their holdings data to a common place so that linguists can view the data by a variety of parameters which are relevant to linguists. The two major parts of OLAC are the aggregator and a metadata standard. The metadata standard is OAI compliant and pairs well with Dublin Core. It has been well represented in the relevant literature, including the citations listed below. One thing we see is that very few (only two) libraries have joined in the aggregation of their holdings. Further there are very few if any archives which have been around prior to the digital age. Also absent are the any of the plethora of digital repositories which are present in a growing number of institutions around the world. The linked paper presented here is a list of archives which would benefit from advertising their collections via OLAC.
OLAC in the literature
- * Bird, Steven & Gary Simons. 2001. The OLAC Metadata Set and Controlled Vocabularies. In Proceedings of ACL/EACL Workshop on Sharing Tools and Resources for Research and Education. arXiv:cs/0105030. (31 January, 2019).
- Bird, Steven, Gary F. Simons & Huang Chu-Ren. 2001. The Open Language Archives Community and Asian Language Resources. Proceedings of the Workshop on Language Resources in Asia, 6th Natural Language Processing Pacific Rim Symposium (NLPRS), Tokyo, November 2001.
- Bird, Steven, Hans Uszkoreit & Gary Simons. 2002. The Open Language Archives Community. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC’02). European Language Resources Association (ELRA). https://aclweb.org/anthology/papers/L/L02/L02-1017/.
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- Hughes, Baden. 2005. Metadata Quality Evaluation: Experience from the Open Language Archives Community. In Zhaoneng Chen, Hsinchun Chen, Qihao Miao, Yuxi Fu, Edward Fox & Ee-peng Lim (eds.), Digital Libraries: International Collaboration and Cross-Fertilization (Lecture Notes in Computer Science), vol. 3334, 320–329. Berlin; Heidelberg: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-30544-6_34
- Simons, Gary F. & Steven Bird. 2008. Toward a Global Infrastructure for the Sustainability of Language Resources. Proceedings of the 22nd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, 20–22 November 2008, Cebu City, Philippines.
- Hirt, Christopher, Gary Simons & Joan Spanne. 2009. Building a MARC-to-OLAC crosswalk: repurposing library catalog data for the language resources community. Proceedings of the 2009 joint international conference on Digital libraries - JCDL ’09, 393–394. Austin, TX, USA: ACM Press. doi:10.1145 /1555400.1555479. (13 May, 2019).
- Simons, Gary F. & Steven Bird. 2011. OLAC: Accessing the World’s Language Resources. Presented at the Poster session on Metadata in Language Documentation and Description, Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Pittsburgh, 6–9 January 2011. http://www.hrelp.org/events/external/lsa2011/assets/LSA2011_BirdSimons_poster.pdf.
- Simons, Gary F. 2018. Some challenges ahead for the Open Language Archives Community. Presented at the Workshop on Data Archives and Languages of the Americas, University of Pennsylvania, LDC. https://www.ldc.upenn.edu/sites/www.ldc.upenn.edu/files/simons.pdf (24 May, 2019).