Online & Paper

Nick Thieberger thien at UNIMELB.EDU.AU
Sat Nov 29 00:29:46 UTC 2008

This is a very good point and exactly why linguists should be building
digital archives that will curate digital data over time. If we have
learned anything over the past decades it is that proprietary software
creates data in forms that cannot easily be accessed or reused over
time. We also know that digital data is extremely fragile and needs to
be stored in a number of locations on media that will be continually
updated. The international inititiatives OLAC
( and Delaman ( aim to
provide support for such archives and examples are PARADISEC
( (with which I am associated) or AILLA


Nick Thieberger
Assistant Professor
Language Documentation and Conservation
Department of Linguistics
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1890 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

2008/11/28 Gideon Goldenberg <msgidgol at>:
> Is there any chance that online materials or electronic files of today will
> be readable ten years from now let alone twenty years? The changes in the
> equipment and techniques may be even faster than in the last two decade.
> On 28 Nov 2008, at 6:6, Frans Plank wrote:
>> By the way, in case you haven't noticed, thanks to Mouton de Gruyter's new
>> reference tool, ReferenceGlobal, those of you who read LT online are
>> nowadays getting a head start on the old-fashioned paper journal readers
>> like me.  See
>> and get the hitlist of the "Top 20 Most Accessed Articles" into the
>> bargain.
>> Frans Plank

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