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Increasingly often research in the humanities is based on data. This change in
attitude and research practice is driven to a large extent by the availability of
small and cheap yet high-quality recording equipment (video cameras, audio
recorders) as well as advances in information technology (faster networks,
larger data storage, larger computation power, suitable software). In some
institutes such as the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, already in
the 90s a clear trend towards an all-digital domain could be identified, making
use of state-of-the-art technology for research purposes. This change of habits
was one of the reasons for the Volkswagen Foundation to establish the DoBeS
program in 2000 with a clear focus on language documentation based on
recordings as primary material.