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

Helen Aristar Dry The LINGUIST List, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti MI, USA
Chin-chuan Cheng Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Khalid Choukri European Language Resources Association, Paris, France
Gene Gragg Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago IL, USA
Susan Hockey Canadian Institute for Research Computing in Arts, University of Alberta, Canada
Steven Krauwer ELSNET, Utrecht Institute of Linguistics, Utrecht University, Netherlands
D. Terence Langendoen Department of Linguistics, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ, USA
Mark Liberman Department of Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA, USA
Brian MacWhinney Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, USA
Michael Nelson Open Archives Initiative and Department of Computer Science, Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA, USA
Nicholas Ostler Foundation for Endangered Languages, Bath, UK
Henry Thompson Human Communication Research Center, University of Edinburgh, UK
Hans Uszkoreit Deutsche Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz, Germany


Anthony Aristar LINGUIST List, Detroit, USA
Christopher Cieri Linguistic Data Consortium, Philadelphia, USA
Gary Holton Alaska Native Language Center, Fairbanks, USA
Chu-Ren Huang Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
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

Participating Archives and Services

The following archives and services are registered with OLAC:

  • Archives
  • Services

    Working Groups

    These are groups of individuals who participate in the OLAC process by drafting documents that are eventually submitted to the community as proposed standards, recommendations, or notes.

  • Metadata
  • Outreach
  • Language Codes [CLOSED]
  • Linguistic Type [CLOSED]

    Participating Individuals

    Participating individuals are the people who subscribe to the OLAC-General mailing list.

  • Participating individuals
  • OLAC-General Mailing List

    OLAC-General is a low-volume, moderated list for OLAC announcements (LIST ARCHIVES).


    OLAC-Implementers Mailing List

    OLAC-Implementers is an unmoderated list for technical discussions concerning the implementation of OLAC repositories (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 is 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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