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Tuesday, September 19 • 15:00 - 15:30
New perspectives on archiving practices in language documentation

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Archiving practices have been a driving issue in the field of endangered language documentation. As one result, new archiving institutions as well as a set of standards have been established. From the perspective of our projects, we identify several gaps in integrating these standards into the existing infrastructures in a way that suits our needs.

For scientific use, the relevant workflows for processing and publishing data need to ensure multi-cited teamwork and scientific referenceability. Though present as an ideal, this barely corresponds to the reality because the current digital archiving platforms are too static to handle continuously refined data. Furthermore, the interfaces are not user-friendly enough for the speaker communities we work with.

Our projects investigate endangered Uralic languages in the Barents Sea area and are developing a common framework in order to systematically apply methods from natural language processing to enrich our corpora. We also re-distribute our data to the speaker communities through a website [http://videocorpora.ru], although this fulfils only partial and short-term needs. Our long-term goal is to combine our internal project workflows with regular data releases to the digital archive we work with, i.e. TLA (Nijmegen), regular updates of the Internet-based presentations for the communities as well as other potential outlets, e.g. linguistic corpus interfaces.

Whereas our working platforms – building on ownCloud, GitHub, and SVN – are used for daily project collaboration, ideally automated routines would convert the data for the various outlets. This ensures both persistency, sustainability, and ease of use.

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Judith Opoku-Boateng

Archivist, Institute of African Studies
Judith Opoku-Boateng is the Head Archivist of the J. H. Kwabena Nketia Archives of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. She has formal qualifications in Sociology and Archival Studies from the University of Ghana.   She started her career as a researcher documenting music and dance forms from indigenous communities in Ghana and later developed keen interest in audiovisual heritage preservation. She has had the opportunity of managing complex audiovisual heritage materials at the International Centre for African Music and Dance and the School of Performing Arts at the University of... Read More →

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Niko Partanen

Researcher, LATTICE

Michael Rießler

Fellow, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies

Tuesday September 19, 2017 15:00 - 15:30
Ethnologisches Museum, Room 3 (first floor) Arnimallee 23, Berlin, Germany

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