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Where Have All the Collections Gone?

The Open Language Archives Community (OLAC) aggregator currently compiles 443,217 records from 65 providers. Participating archives each provide Dublin Core metadata via an OAI feed.Based on the needs of both linguists and language community members, …

Open Source Code Serving Endangered Languages

We present a database of open source code that can be used by low-resource language communities and developers to build digital resources. Our database is also useful to software developers working with those communities and to researchers looking to …

Phonetic Transcription of Tone in the IPA

When conducting fieldwork on tone languages, the linguist choosing to use the IPA to make phonetic transcriptions of tone is presented with a challenge: Current methods of tone transcription in the IPA require a degree of …

Lexical Dataset Archiving: An Assessment of Practice

Bird and Simons (2003), Johnson (2004), Nathan (2011), and Holton (2012) all emphasize the importance of archiving language artifacts. Woodbury (2003) suggests that lexical database resources should become part of the preserved documentary evidence - …

Challenges of Implementing a Tool to Extract Metadata from Linguists: The Use Case of RAMP

In January 2011, SIL Internationalʼs archive launched a corporate instance of DSpace as part of a larger and ongoing effort to digitally archive language data and resources. Along with that instance of DSpace, it also launched a software application …