Journal Article

The Open Language Archives Community: An Infrastructure for Distributed Archiving of Language Resources

Gary Simons and Steven Bird

in Literary and Linguistic Computing

Published on behalf of ALLC: The European Association for Digital Humanities

Volume 18, issue 2, pages 117-128
Published in print June 2003 | ISSN: 0268-1145
Published online June 2003 | e-ISSN: 1477-4615 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/llc/18.2.117
The Open Language Archives Community: An Infrastructure for Distributed Archiving of Language Resources

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New ways of documenting and describing language via electronic media coupled with new ways of distributing the results via the World‐Wide Web offer a degree of access to language resources that is unparalleled in history. At the same time, the proliferation of approaches to using these new technologies is causing serious problems relating to resource discovery and resource creation. This paper describes the infrastructure that the Open Language Archives Community (OLAC) has built to address these problems. Its technical and usage infrastructures address problems of resource discovery by constructing a single virtual library of distributed resources. Its governance infrastructure addresses problems of resource creation by providing a mechanism through which the language‐resource community can express its consensus on recommended best practices.

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Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning ; Computational Linguistics ; Bibliography ; Digital Lifestyle ; Information and Communication Technologies

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