New OLAC Search Service: [12/10]

In December 2010, to mark our 10th anniversary, OLAC announces a new search service. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, the service provides powerful search over the combined catalog of all resources from all participating archives. It is based on the "faceted search" strategy, in which search results are successively narrowed by clicking on available values of standardized descriptors like language, language family, country, linguistic subfield, data type, format, and more. Click on "Search Strategies" in the upper left panel for basic documentation:

Language Archives Tutorial at LSA (USA): [1/09]

In January 2009, an OLAC-endorsed tutorial on language archives was held at the winter meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.

OLAC Presented at three Pacific Conferences: [9/08]

In 2008 and 2009, OLAC is being presented at conferences in Australia, the Philippines, and Hawaii: the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (Australia), the Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation (Philippines), and the 1st International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (Hawaii).

OLAC Presents at DRIVER Summit: [1/08]

In January 2008, the DRIVER project (Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research) convened a Summit to present results of its initial test-bed phase and to pave the way for establishing an operational confederation of digital repositories. DRIVER responds to the vision that all relevant scientific content should be easily accessible through internet-based infrastructures. Like OLAC, DRIVER builds on the OAI (Open Archives Initiative) infrastructure. OLAC was invited to present its work on developing a "thematic" federation of repositories focused on language resources.

OLAC Presents at NSF Workshop on Documenting Endangered Languages: [10/07]

In October 2007, the US National Science Foundation put on a workshop to assess the state of the art in documenting endangered languages and to plot directions for the future. There were 25 invited participants representing funding agencies, data providers, tool providers, and archives. OLAC was invited to present about its contribution of developing an infrastructure for indexing endangered language documentation. The report shows that OLAC indexes resources from over 3,100 of the world's language, including 2,186 living languages that are known to have fewer than 100,000 speakers.

OLAC receives new NSF Sponsorship: [8/07]

The US National Science Foundation has funded a project OLAC: Accessing the World's Language Resources which aims to greatly improve access to language resources for linguists and the broader communities of interest, by achieving an order-of-magnitude increase in the coverage of the OLAC catalog and in the use of OLAC search services. The project will do so through two main areas of activity: developing guidelines and services that encourage language archives to follow best common practices that will facilitate language resource discovery through OLAC, and developing services to bridge from the resource catalogs of the library and web domains to the OLAC catalog.

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