DELAMAN meeting 2006

DELAMAN IV (2006): The Fourth Annual Meeting of the Digital Endangered Languages and Musics Archive Network

2-3 November 2006
Endangered Languages Archive, School of Oriental and African Studies
London, UK

Preservation in rapidly changing contexts

The DELAMAN archives are an informal, international group of archives that share interests in endangered languages, cultures, and performance traditions. These interests range from wider issues posed by endangerment and loss of traditions, to trends and challenges in technical management. This meeting focusses on our contexts; linguistic and language communities, funding sources, academic and publishing institutions, and related domains such as videography and performing arts. What is common across all these contexts is that they are all changing extremely rapidly. We hope to come to better understanding of how these contexts affect us – what opportunities and challenges they present, how to react to them, and how to play our part in leading change in our areas of interest.

Guest speaker: Richard Wright of the BBC Archives and Presto Space

See below for information about travel, accommodation, refreshments and contacts.



Last updated 5 November 2006.


Thursday 2 November
9:15-9:30am Welcome
9:30-11:00am From collections to archives forum Jacquelijn Ringersma, MPI NijmegenFrom static corpora to dynamic collections
Flores Farfán, CIESAS: Language documentation & education in Mexico; what is the role of archives?
Heidi Johnson, AILLAFrom collections to archives: what lies between?
Richard WrightBBC Archives (invited speaker): How to preserve audio (and video)
11:00-11:30am Morning tea
11:30am-12:30pm Media opportunities and obstacles forum Linda BarwickParadisecMedia madness I – Paradisec video trial 2006
David NathanELARMedia madness II: Video and language documentation: panacea or madness?
12:30-1:30pm Lunch (supplied)
1:30-2:30pm Changing practices forum Jacquelijn Ringersma, MPI NijmegenGE: A flexible presentation platform for LR
Jeff GoodMPI LeipzigDeveloping lockers at LELA
2:30-3:00pm Afternoon tea
3:00-4:00pm Discussion topics TBA
7:00pm- Workshop dinner (venue TBA)
Friday 3 November
9:30-11:00am Metadata forum Daan Broeder, MPI NijmegenDepositors’ usage of IMDI metadata
David Evans, ELARThe ELAR metadata set
Jeff GoodMPI LeipzigUsing RDF in a linguistics archive
Anthony Aristar, Eastern Michigan U:Language codes
11:00-11:30am Morning tea
11:30am-12:30pm Citation forms and processes forum Jeff GoodMPI LeipzigTowards a citation standard
Daan Broeder, MPI NijmegenCiting archived objects
Heidi Johnson, AILLACitation examples and recommendations
12:30-1:30pm Lunch (supplied)
1:30-2:30pm Other topics and LSA liaison What it means to archive your data
DELAMAN communications (website, newsletter etc)
DELAMAN membership
Update on constitution
2:30-3:00pm Afternoon tea
3:00-4:00pm Discussion topics and close Action points
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The meeting is held in conjunction with an ELAP workshop:

“What Counts (and what doesn’t)?: Data and Methodology in Language Documentation”
SOAS, 4-5 November 2006


Information on travel, accommodation and refreshments

1. Travel to SOAS:

London Heathrow is the nearest airport. It is very convenient to reach SOAS from there. The Piccadilly line runs from Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4 to Russell Tube Station, taking 50 minutes; cost is £3.80 (about 5 euro). It takes about 2 minutes by walk to reach SOAS or the Tavistock Hotel from Russell Tube Station. If you arrive at other airports (e.g. Stansted, Gatwick), you may need to take a train to London and then take another underground to Russell Square; typical cost will be about £15 each way. Do not take a taxi as they are very expensive.

2. Accommodation:

Accommodation will be arranged according to your requirements, the default location is the Tavistock Hotel, which is a mid-priced hotel (about £60 single per night) about 3 minutes away from SOAS. Chaithra Puttaswamy will make bookings for you if you request, and you will need to take care of the payment.

3. Useful links:

SOAS in Bloomsbury – interactive street map (London transport) (SOAS location) (Tavistock Hotel)

4. Refreshments

ELAR will host a dinner for DELAMAN members on 2nd November 2006. Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided during the meeting. There are many restaurants and bars in the vicinity of SOAS.

5. Contacts

Please contact Chaithra Puttaswamy about accommodation and other administrative matters, and David Nathan with any other enquiries.