News from the Open Language Archives Community (OLAC)
sb at unagi.cis.upenn.edu
Tue Jul 16 20:50:14 UTC 2002
Here is an update on OLAC activities since our last general news in May.
OLAC IN SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN
The August 2002 issue of Scientific American has an article
called Saving Dying Languages which includes a discussion of
OLAC. See the website for more information.
OLAC WORKING GROUP ON LINGUISTIC TYPES: CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
The OLAC Working Group on Linguistic Data Types will create the
OLAC-Linguistic-Type vocabulary that describes the nature or genre of
the content of a language resource from a linguistic standpoint.
The group has the following working draft:
OLAC Linguistic Data Type Vocabulary (Heidi Johnson and Helen Aristar Dry)
The group is conducting its work on the METADATA mailing list which is
hosted on the LINGUIST site. To learn more and to join the group,
please see: http://www.language-archives.org/wg/linguistic-type/
EUROPEAN LAUNCH IN MAY AT LREC
OLAC was officially launched in Europe at the 3rd Language Resources and
Evaluation Conference in Spain, in May. The symposium included
presentations by Gary Simons, Helen Aristar-Dry, Hans Uszkoreit, Martin
Wynne, Laurent Romary, Steven Bird and Nicholas Ostler. Presentation
materials are posted on the OLAC website at:
BUILDING OLAC INFRASTRUCTURE
In the last two months some new technical services have been set up
on the OLAC site.
1. OLAC Harvester - a Perl package that anyone can use to harvest the
records from OLAC archives and store them in a local database, and
provide a community service based on the data.
2. OLAC Aggregator - a special OLAC data provider which contains the
metadata from all the other 20+ registered OLAC archives. Service
providers can now go to one location to harvest all OLAC metadata.
3. OLAC Web-Crawler Gateway - an OLAC service provider which
contains the metadata from all the other 20+ registered OLAC
archives. The web-crawler gateway exports each OLAC metadata record
as an HTML document, permitting it to be indexed by web search engines.
For full details and more news, please consult the OLAC website at
Steven & Gary
Steven Bird, University of Pennsylvania (sb at ldc.upenn.edu)
Gary Simons, SIL International (gary_simons at sil.org)
OLAC Coordinators (www.language-archives.org)
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