A grid of regional language archives
Trilsbeek, P., Broeder, D., Van Valkenhoef, T., & Wittenburg, P.
A grid of regional language archives. In C. Calzolari (Ed.
), Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2008)
(pp. 1474-1477). European Language Resources Association (ELRA).
About two years ago, the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, started an initiative to install regional language archives in various places around the world, particularly in places where a large number of endangered languages exist and are being documented. These digital archives make use of the LAT archiving framework  that the MPI has developed
over the past nine years. This framework consists of a number of web-based tools for depositing, organizing and utilizing linguistic resources in a digital archive. The regional archives are in principle autonomous archives, but they can decide to share metadata descriptions and language resources with the MPI archive in Nijmegen and become part of a grid of linked LAT archives. By doing so, they will also take advantage of the long-term preservation strategy of the MPI archive. This paper describes the reasoning
behind this initiative and how in practice such an archive is set up.