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AILLA:The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America. Heidi Johnson / The University of Texas at Austin. AILLA is a joint project of:. Anthropology: Joel Sherzer Linguistics: Anthony C. Woodbury Digital Library Services: Mark McFarland. www.ailla.utexas.org.

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ailla the archive of the indigenous languages of latin america

AILLA:The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America

Heidi Johnson / The University of Texas at Austin

ailla is a joint project of
AILLA is a joint project of:
  • Anthropology: Joel Sherzer
  • Linguistics: Anthony C. Woodbury
  • Digital Library Services: Mark McFarland
www ailla utexas org
www.ailla.utexas.org
  • Pilot site launched March 2001.
  • Permanent site launched January, 2003.
  • Parallel sites in English and Spanish; someday, we’ll add Portuguese.
  • Audio, video, digital text, scanned manuscript text, photos.
  • Genres ranging from chants to grammars to photo galleries.
infrastructure
Infrastructure
  • Archive housed on library computers, maintained by UT digital librarians.
  • MySQL database; PHP interfaces.
  • Intake & processing done in AILLA’s lab on PCs and Macs by graduate students.
  • Analog media returned to depositor or sent to the Indiana Archive of Traditional Music (http://www.indiana.edu/~libarchm/)
fun facts
Fun facts
  • Collection is now > 500 G
  • ~ 90 languages from 15 countries
  • 1430 registered archive users
  • 917 resources comprising 5391 files;
    • average resource contains 5-6 files
    • all bundles inc. format variants, eg mp3, pdf
  • ~ 20% of files are password-protected
imdi esque metadata
IMDI-esque metadata
  • Resource = a bundle of files, e.g. recording + annotations, in multiple formats
  • Information about:
    • Depositor: contact info, languages
    • Project: sponsor, contact info.
    • Participants: role, demographic data, languages
    • Resources: orig. media, digi specs, lgs, description
    • Content: genre, content type, description
    • References: related publications
bundles aka resources aka sessions
Bundles, aka resources, aka sessions
  • Sets of related files
  • Critical for sharing resources:
    • things that belong together must stay together
    • access restrictions/conditions likely to apply to all files in a bundle
    • metadata describes the set – the whole resource – as well as each component
delaman todo list
DELAMAN todo list
  • Define Relations for IMDI & OLAC.
  • NOT mathematical relations; documentary linguistics ones:
    • primary_text (e.g. a recording)
    • translation/transcription/interlinearization
    • illustration
    • commentary
access management
Access management
  • Restrictions are set for individual files
  • Two levels of access:
    • 1: free public access
    • 2: restricted by password
  • To be added:
    • 3: time limit
    • 4: contact info for controller
    • 5: reference/link to license and/or recorded agreement governing the resource
restricted files at ailla
Restricted files at AILLA

Who restricts access & why?

  • Students: thesis research in progress
  • Other depositors:
    • pending permission from speakers;
    • recordings include e.g. gossip that needs to be edited out;
    • still uncertain about the whole access issue.
pros of this simple method
Pros of this simple method
  • It’s EASY:
    • to implement
    • to operate
    • for controllers to share access
  • It’s safe enough for our purposes.
  • Passwords, etc. are part of the metadata – in the database – so it should be easy enough to pass on to another archive.
cons of the simple method
Cons of the simple method
  • Depositors can be VERY hard to reach.
  • There has to be a time limit and/or phase-out plan, ala the Rosetta protocol.
  • Assume that nearly everything will ultimately be under the archive’s control – what’s the 50-year plan?
low tech federation
Low tech federation

We could define a small set of standard “access packages”, implemented via our existing metadata mechanisms:

  • student special: good for 5 years only
  • renew-on-request: expires in 5 years unless you respond to the archive & renew
  • archivists’ discretion: could require e.g. a faxed letter from an indigenous organization; getting that letter is the users’ problem.
www ailla utexas org14

www.ailla.utexas.org

Comments gladly received at

ailla@ailla.utexas.org