Management of metadata in linguistic fieldwork: Experience from the ACLA project

Baden Hughes, David Penton, Steven Bird, Catherine Bow, Gillian Wigglesworth, Patrick McConvell, Jane Simpson

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Abstract

Many linguistic research projects collect large amounts of multimodal data in digital formats. Despite the plethora of data collection applications available, it is often difficult for researchers to identify and integrate applications which enable the management of collections of multimodal data in addition to facilitating the actual collection process itself. In research projects that involve substantial data analysis, data management becomes a critical issue. Whilst best practice recommendations in regard to data formats themselves are propagated through projects such as EMELD, HRELP and DOBES, there is little corresponding information available regarding best practice for field metadata management beyond the provision of standards by entities such as OLAC and IMDI. These general problems are further exacerbated in the context of multiple researchers in geographically-disparate or connectivity-challenged locations. We describe the design of a solution for a group of researchers collecting data on child language acquisition in Australian indigenous communities. We describe the context, identify pertinent issues, outline the mechanics of a solution, and finally report the implementation. In doing so, we provide an alternative model and an open source software application suite which aims to be sufficiently general that other research groups may consider adopting some or all of the infrastructure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2004
EditorsMaria Francisca Xavier, Rute Costa, Fatima Ferreira, Maria Teresa Lino, Raquel Silva
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Pages193-196
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)2951740816, 9782951740815
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2004 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 26 May 200428 May 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2004

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2004
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period26/05/0428/05/04

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