The Open Language Archives Community: A 20-year update

Steven Bird, Gary F. Simons

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Purpose: This paper reports on the first 20 years of the Open Language Archives Community (OLAC), comprehensive infrastructure for indexing and discovering language resources. Design/methodology/approach: We begin with the original vision, assess progress relative to the original requirements, and identify ongoing challenges. Findings: Based on the overview of OLAC history and recent developments and on the analysis of the situation in the language archives area as a whole, the authors propose an agenda for a more sustainable future for open language archiving. Originality/value: This paper examines the progress of OLAC and discusses improvements in such areas as participation, access, and sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-524
Number of pages18
JournalThe Electronic Library: the international journal for the application of technology in information environments
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2022


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