The organization of OLAC is set out in the OLAC Process document. Current membership for each of the categories is listed below.


Steven Bird Department of Computer Science, University of Melbourne, Australia;
Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Gary Simons SIL International, USA;
Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, USA

Advisory Board (2016-17)

Helen Aristar DryUniversity of Texas at Austin
Chu-Ren HuangHong Kong Polytechnic University
Brian MacWhinneyCarnegie Mellon University

Council (2001-2015)

Anthony Aristar LINGUIST List, Detroit, USA
Christopher Cieri Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia, USA
Gary Holton Alaska Native Language Center, Fairbanks, USA
Heidi Johnson Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America, Austin, USA
Laurent Romary Max Planck Digital Library, Nancy, France
Joan Spanne SIL International, Dallas, USA
Martin Wynne Oxford Text Archive, Oxford, UK

Lead Developer

Haejoong Lee

Mailing Lists

Sign-up for the OLAC mailing list and stay current with standards and best practices for language resource archiving (List Archives).

Sign-up for the OLAC-Dev mailing list and participate in technical discussions concerning OLAC archives (List Archives).

The Open Archives Initiative

OLAC is part of a larger community known as the Open Archives Initiative. The OAI develops and promotes interoperability standards for digital archives, and currently spans dozens of archives and a total of over a million records. The OAI community page lists OAI mailing lists, archives, and websites.

  • The OAI Community


    Many of OLAC's participating archives are also members of DELAMAN, the Digital Endangered Languages and Musics Archives Network. DELAMAN is an international umbrella body for archives and other initiatives with the goal of documenting and archiving endangered languages and cultures worldwide.

  • The DELAMAN Community

    Building OLAC Services

    Building OLAC is a community-wide effort involving people in many countries. The services running on the OLAC site have been developed by Steven Bird, Gary Simons, Haejoong Lee, Éva Bánik, Alan Lee, Baden Hughes, Amol Kamat, David Ormiston-Smith and Debbie Chang.

    Work on the core infrastructure was funded by US National Science Foundation grants to the University of Pennsylvania, CMU and Wayne State University:

  • OLAC: Accessing the World's Language Resources (0723357, 0723864)
  • ISLE: International Standards in Language Engineering (9910603)
  • TalkBank (9978056, 9980009)
  • E-MELD: Electronic Metastructure for Endangered Languages Data (0094934)
  • We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Digital Library Research Group at Old Dominion University and the Library Without Walls team of the Los Alamos National Laboratories.

    The OLAC website is hosted at the Linguistic Data Consortium at the University of Pennsylvania.

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