Joining DELAMAN

DELAMAN membership is open to any organisation that is actively engaged in archiving and preservation of materials from endangered languages and cultures.

There are two categories of DELAMAN membership.

  • Full (voting) membership is open to preservation archives actively engaged in the long-term curation and management of endangered cultural materials in digital form.
  • Associate (non-voting) membership is open to organisations who are in the process of establishing such an archive and who may, in time, be eligible for full membership.

Membership will be voted on by the board. Please have a look at the constitution for further details on membership.

To join, please contact the DELAMAN board and describe your archiving activities.

Here is a list of criteria we have agreed are required for an archive to be considered for membership of DELAMAN:

This checklist has been developed by DELAMAN to serve as a guide to the minimal level of digital data preservation that is generally accepted by the professional standards of language documentation. It should be noted that going above and beyond this baseline level of preservation is desirable, encouraged and even compulsory​ by granting agencies, particular archives, and/or professional expectations. For more information on expected best practices in digital language documentation, see the DELAMAN Resources Page.
● Materials are deposited with a digital repository with an institutional commitment to long-term preservation and access (e.g., a DELAMAN archive or an institutional repository). Furthermore, deposits are made on a regular and frequent basis, as materials are created.
● Materials are in digital formats that are recommended by the international archival standards (e.g. IASA). This typically means they are non-proprietary, well-documented, and/or open source.
– Audio files are minimally 48khz/16bit, ideally 96khz/24bit BWF. Digitization should use high-quality analog to digital converters. Playback machines should allow azimuth adjustment to maximize the signal captured from the tape.
– Text files are .txt, .xml, rtf, pdf.
– Video files are in an uncompressed format (ideally JPEG2000)
● Materials are additionally available in formats that are easy to access and download (e.g. compressed as mp3, mp4).
● Materials have been created on recording equipment that has been selected with an eye toward quality.
● Materials are described using standardized metadata (e.g., OLAC, IMDI, Dublin Core, MODS).
● A description of the deposited collection has been included in the collection.
● A significant portion of the collection is public access, or a clear procedure for requesting access is indicated. If public access is impossible, a statement about why should be included in the collection description.