Arctic Knot Conference 2021/Submissions/Unlocking the potential of digital language archives

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Submission no.
Title of the submission
Unlocking the potential of digital language archives
Author of the submission
Leonore Lukschy, Joshua Wilbur, Mandana Seyfeddinipur
Submission format
Workshop (live-stream with option to interact with participants)
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Country of origin
Germany, USA
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR), University of Tartu
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)
This workshop will explore possible ways of community language documentation and archiving. The aim is to create a space for dialogue between speakers of Sámi languages or Sámi community members, and linguists and archivists. The workshop will be divided into three parts: The first part will consist in a short introduction to some basic archiving terminology, community language archives, and the differences between an archive and a website. In the second part, participants will be introduced to the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR), and the Pite Sámi collection compiled by Joshua Wilbur. Participants will be asked to browse the collection and familiarise themselves with the archive’s interface. For the third part, participants will work in smaller groups on questions pertaining to designing a community archive for their variety of Sámi, discussing what types of materials should be included, which metadata categories would be useful to them and how these should be presented, and what the interface for their community archive would ideally look like. Together with the participants we will assess how existing digital infrastructures such as Wikipedia might be used for making archival materials accessible to community members. Furthermore we will determine how institutions like ELAR can best support Sámi communities in documenting their languages and preserving the materials, while also making them accessible to the communities in the best possible way.
What will attendees take away from this session?
Attendees will gain insights to language documentation and preservation. At the end of the session they will have a basic understanding of community archives, and how institutions such as ELAR might be of service to them in terms of preserving their linguistic and cultural heritage. They will also be equipped to plan their own community archive, and deposit their materials in an ELAR collection.
Theme of session
Collaboration with cultural institutions
Slides or further information (optional)
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