[RNLD] Linguistics in the pub: Problems with the lone depositor model Tuesday 29th July 2014

Ruth Singer ruth.singer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 14 10:30:39 UTC 2014

Announcement: Linguistics in the pub

Sharing the load? Problems with the 'lone depositor' model for the
archiving of materials in endangered language archives

Traditionally collections in endangered languages archives are identified
with a single depositor. This depositor is typically a researcher, who is
not a member of the community in which the recordings were made. This
depositor decides on access restrictions to the materials, ideally in
consultation with the community. There are a number of quite separate
problems with this position, for those who manage archives and for those
who find themselves in the position of lone depositor. In this era of
collaborative fieldwork, we can also ask whether the lone depositor model
is the best one for communities who speak endangered languages. One
suggestion is to make collections open access so that the depositor does
not need to be contacted. Another suggestion is to name a number of
depositors for each collection, so that no single person has sole
responsibility. In this LIP we will discuss potential solutions to the
problems of the lone depositor model in the light of participants'
experiences as depositors and archivists.

Date:             Tuesday 29th July 2014
Time:             6:00 - 8:00 pm
Venue:           Upstairs room, Prince Alfred Hotel

191 Grattan St, Carlton

(corner of Bouverie St)

ph (03) 9347-3033

Food and drinks available at the venue

LIP is coordinated by Ruth Singer (University of Melbourne)
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.

Dr Ruth Singer
DECRA Postdoctoral Fellow
Linguistics Program and Research Unit for Indigenous Language
School of Languages and Linguistics
Faculty of Arts
University of Melbourne 3010
Tel. +61 3 90353774
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