[RNLD] Linguistics in the Pub 18 June 2013 Useful software

Ruth Singer ruth.singer at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 29 04:15:00 UTC 2013

Announcement: Linguistics in the Pub Tuesday 18 June

Topic: Useful software for language documentation work

This session will be a bit of a show and tell on new software that
could be useful to people doing language documentation.

Glen McLaren from company ESS will be discussion his customisations of
Cybertracker software to help archaeologists and environmental
scientists integrate mobile data for research in Kakadu and the
Kimberleys. These could be adapted for linguistic research.
Cybertracker sequences are customised by ESS to capture numbers, text,
dates, selections, GPS data, images, access permissions and other data
type. Data collected from the field can then be accessed through a
centralised database by anyone with a user account and web browsing
software such as internet explorer. Photos and other data can be
viewed and a mapping interface similar to Google Earth is used for
presenting spatial data such as cultural site locations, weed
infestations and feral animal sightings.

Steven Bird and Florian Hanke will discuss the latest developments to
their software Aikuma
Aikuma is a free Android App designed for recording and translating
oral literature. Listen to stories, dialogues and songs, all sorted by
language and location. Make your own recordings and instantly share
them with other Aikuma users over the Web. A special feature of Aikuma
is its voice-driven translation mode. Hold the phone to your ear and
listen, and interrupt to give a commentary or translation. The phone
records what you say and lines it up with the original. Now the
meaning is also preserved.

Lauren Gawne will talk about ExSite 9, a new software comissioned by Paradisec
ExSite9 is an open-source cross-platform tool for creating
descriptions of files created during fieldwork. The aim of this tool
is to facilitate better management and documentation of research data
close to the time it is created.  An easy to use interface will enable
researchers to capture metadata that meets their research needs and
potentially match the requirements for repository ingestion.

KinOath is a very new software some regulars have been playing around
with, developed by MPI-PSY Nijmegen
KinOath Kinship Archiver is a kinship application with the primary
goal of connecting kinship data with archived data, such as audio,
video or written resources while also being closely integrated with
the archive software such as Arbil. It is designed to be flexible and
culturally nonspecific, such that culturally different social
structures can equally be represented.

Feel free to bring along your favourite software to demo too!

Time:      6:00 - 8:00 pm
Venue:    Upstairs room, Prince Alfred Hotel,

191 Grattan St, Carlton
(corner of Bouverie St)
ph ‪(03) 9347-3033‬‎

NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE ; back to usual venue after a stint at Naughtons
late last year

Food and drinks available at the venue

LIP is organised by Ruth Singer and Lauren Gawne, University of Melbourne

Contact  Ruth Singer if you have any questions rsinger at unimelb.edu.au

LIP is an occasional gathering of language activists and linguists in
Melbourne. All are welcome. Those in other parts of Australia and the
world who can't make it to the Melbourne LIPs are encouraged to
organise a local gathering to discuss this topic and support language
activities in your area.

Ruth Singer
ARC Research Fellow
Linguistics Program
School of Languages and Linguistics
Faculty of Arts
University of Melbourne 3010
Tel. +61 3 90353774

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