A simple architecture for the fine-grained documentation of endangered languages: the LACITO multimedia archive

Abstract : The LACITO multimedia archive provides free access to documents of connected, spontaneous speech, mostly in "rare" or endangered languages, recorded in their cultural context and transcribed in consultation with native speakers. Its goal is to contribute to the documentation and study of a precious human heritage: the world's languages. It has a special strength in languages of Asia and the Pacific. The LACITO archive was built with little personnel and less funding. It has been devised, developed and maintained over two decades by two researchers assisted by one engineer. Its simple architecture is based on current standards: Unicode character coding and XML markup; and Dublin Core/Open Language Archives Community recommendations for metadata. The data can be consulted online with any standard browser. The technical simplicity of the tools developed at LACITO makes them suitable for the creation of similar databases at other institutions. (For instance, tools from this archive were successfully adapted in the creation of the Formosan Languages archive.)
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Boyd Michailovsky, Alexis Michaud, Séverine Guillaume. A simple architecture for the fine-grained documentation of endangered languages: the LACITO multimedia archive. 2011 International Conference on Speech Database and Assessments (Oriental COCOSDA 2011), Oct 2011, Hsinchu, Taiwan. pp.14-23, ⟨10.1109/ICSDA.2011.6085973⟩. ⟨halshs-00620893⟩

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