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AILLA:The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America. Heidi Johnson The University of Texas at Austin Latin American Digital Library Initiative, March 24, 2011. Acknowledgements. AILLA is a joint effort of: Anthropology: Joel Sherzer Linguistics: Anthony C. Woodbury

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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

Latin American Digital Library Initiative, March 24, 2011

acknowledgements
Acknowledgements
  • AILLA is a joint effort of:
    • Anthropology: Joel Sherzer
    • Linguistics: Anthony C. Woodbury
    • Digital Library Services: Mark McFarland
  • AILLA is supported by:
    • The College of Liberal Arts
    • The University Libraries
    • The National Endowment for the Humanities
ailla s origins
AILLA's origins

Conferences at UT in the '80's & '90's

Discuss need to preserve Native American literatures and make them accessible.

Sherzer & students built a pilot with seed money from COLA.

Technical support and guidance from DLSD.

building the permanent site
Building the permanent site
  • Grants from NSF & NEH for $468,973.
  • Hire professional staff:
    • Heidi Johnson, general manager
    • Erik Grostic, programmer
  • Hire graduate students:
    • Will Fairchild, media tech extraordinaire
    • Lynda DeJong (now Boudreault), archivista
    • Ajb'ee Jiménez, website translator
www ailla utexas org
www.ailla.utexas.org
  • Permanent site launched Jan. 31, 2003.
  • Parallel interfaces in English and Spanish.
  • Online administrator metadata interface.
  • Online depositor metadata interface.
  • Downloadable metadata forms & templates.
  • Since 2001, AILLA has won ~$1.4 million in grant funds from NEH & NSF.
ailla s mission
AILLA's Mission
  • Preservation: irreplaceable recordings in endangered languages are permanently housed on library servers and tapes.
  • Access: flexible protocols support easy access to public materials and secure restrictions for sensitive materials.
archive statistics 1
Archive statistics 1

230 languages from 24 countries (+15)

8,378 resources (+1461)

98 depositors (+9)

3202 registered users (+397)

69, 385 media files

3.6 T of archival objects (+1.4T)

archive statistics 2
Archive statistics 2
  • Audio:
    • files: 11812 (+ 3272)
    • length: 4589:09:30 (+ 1037 hrs)
  • Video:
    • files: 1106 (+ 705)
    • length: 512:38:54 (+ 303 hrs)
archive statistics 3
Archive statistics 3
  • Text:
    • pages, digital: 50,692 (+6834)
    • pages, manuscript: 31,360 (+ 2330)
  • Images: 2904 (+ 1986)
  • 26% restricted access files (unchanged)
preservation
Preservation
  • Archive housed on library computers, maintained by UT digital librarians.
  • Presentation objects accessible online; archival objects stored on tape with an (evolving, mediated) access protocol.
  • Analog media are permanently housed at the Benson Latin American Collection.
what we preserve
What we preserve
  • Multi-media resources:
    • Audio & video recordings
    • Texts: digital and manuscript
    • Images: photos, drawings, maps
  • Types of resources
    • Recordings of discourse in any genre
    • Transcriptions, translations, annotations, etc.
    • Literature, oral or written
    • Analyses, lexicons, notes, sketches, etc.
    • Out of print & hard to find publications
formats
Formats
  • Archival formats:
    • audio: wav, 44.1 Khz, 16 or 24 bits
    • video: mpeg-2
    • archivable digital text: xml, txt, html
    • non-archivable digital text => pdf/a
    • manuscript text & images: tiff or jpg
  • Presentation formats:
    • audio: mp3
    • video: mp4
    • text: pdf
    • images: jpg
metadata
Metadata
  • Resource = a bundle of files related in terms of intellectual content, e.g. recording + annotations
  • Information about:
    • Depositor: contact info
    • Project overview, sponsor, bibliographies.
    • Participants: role, demographic data
    • Media: provenance, formats, relations
    • Content: title, genre, description, date, place created
    • References: publications
infrastructure
Infrastructure
  • MySQL database
    • 44 tables, ~ 3 MB
  • PHP interface
    • 3 sides: user, admin, depositor
    • user side: login, browse/search, access
    • admin: data entry, stats, error checking
    • depositor: access only their materials
security levels of access
Security: levels of access
  • Provides speakers and depositors finely-grained control over resources.
  • Four levels:
    • 1: public access
    • 2: password-protection, with an optional hint
    • 3: time-limit: specify date when file goes public
    • 4: contact depositor or other designated controller
security ii
Security II
  • Access levels assigned to individual files.
  • Depositors can change settings at any time.
  • Depositor control allows owner to know who is using their resources.
  • Passwords allow fine or coarse control.
  • Time limits can protect materials for eg a speaker's lifetime.
www ailla utexas org1

www.ailla.utexas.org

Comments gladly received at

ailla@ailla.utexas.org