Constitution

1 Name:

The name of the organisation is the Digital Endangered Languages and Musics Archives Network (DELAMAN).

2 Objectives:

2.1.  to support the ethical preservation of endangered languages and cultures through archiving;

2.2.  to promote access to archival material by originating communities;

2.3.  to explore the potential of digital technologies to support objectives 2.1 and 2.2;

2.4.  to promote international best practice in digital archiving of recordings of endangered languages and cultures;

2.5.  to provide a forum for members to share information on policies, technologies and practices to support implementation of the organisation’s objectives;

2.6.  to advocate with appropriate external bodies to support the organisation’s objectives;

2.7.  to encourage open access to research data wherever consistent with ethical practices, recognising that the long-term sustainability of digital resources can be enhanced through their active use and continuing relevance to communities of users.

3 The organisation will pursue its objectives through any appropriate means, including:

3.1.  a website;

3.2.  annual meetings;

3.3.  publishing relevant documents on the website and in other appropriate forums;

3.4.  contributing to public debate on issues relevant to its aims;

3.5.  an email discussion list;

3.6.  affiliation with other relevant humanities organisations.

4 Membership:

4.1.  Membership is open to organisations who support the aims of DELAMAN and who are actively engaged in archiving in the sense of preserving primary data and other resources as defined in the list of criteria (as set out in the Appendix below)

4.2. Membership will be in one of two categories, full membership and associate membership.

4.2.1. Full membership is restricted to designated organisational members and each organisation will be able to cast one vote for Board members.

4.2.2. Associate members are organisations who are in the process of establishing an archive and who may, in time, be eligible for full membership.

4.3. The governing body of DELAMAN is the Board which will be elected by a vote of the full membership.

4.4. DELAMAN especially invites membership from members of endangered language communities who are planning to set up and manage a digital archive.

4.5. Prospective members may apply to join by contacting a Board member. Membership will be voted on by the Board.

4.6. DELAMAN will publish a list of its members and office bearers on the website.

4.7. Membership fees if any will be determined from time to time by the Board.

5. Governing Board

The Board is elected by the membership for a term of four years. The first Board from 2012 will be split between a two-year and a four-year term to allow staggered membership in future.

5.1. The Board will consist of no more than twelve members, not counting ex-officio members. The Board will elect a President.

5.2. An ex-officio (non-voting) Board member may be appointed from time to time as agreed by the DELAMAN Board.

5.3. A quorum for Board meetings will be half the Board membership plus one.

5.4. Meetings can be held online and voting can be carried out by email.

5.5. The term of the President will be two years.

6 Decision making:

6.1. Decisions of DELAMAN will be ratified by a majority of the voting members present at the annual meeting, or between meetings by a vote conducted in circulation amongst the Board members.

6.2. Any change to the constitution has to be agreed to by a majority of the membership.

Appendix

What is a digital language or music archive?

A DELAMAN archive is a trusted digital repository created and maintained by an institution with a demonstrated commitment to permanence and the long-term preservation of archived resources with suitable rights management practices to allow access to as much of its collection as possible. It focuses on languages and musics for which there is little recorded material, particularly from endangered cultures. It holds primary data and may also hold other kinds of information (like secondary analyses, transcripts and so on).

Digital ethnographic archives typically focus on material like oral tradition or musical performance and house collections arising from fieldwork, usually linguistic or musicological fieldwork. Ideally the catalog of the collection is available via the internet, and is harvested by services like the Open Language Archives Community or the Open Archives Initiative.

A website is NOT an archive.

We all know the problems with websites disappearing and all the links to them being broken.

What about my hard drive?

A hard disk can be a good backup but is not an archive.