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OLAC Repository Editor (ORE) - In Brief

The OLAC Repository Editor is a series of online forms used to submit information to the OLAC (Open Language Archives Community) about language data or documentation. ORE will convert the data into the XML format accessible to the OLAC search engine.

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OLAC Repository Editor (ORE)

Recognizing the widespread dispersion of linguistic information and the difficulty in locating linguistic resources, the Open Language Archives Community is collecting information about extant language resources and making this freely available over the internet. The aim is to create a "union catalog" of resources relevant to language and linguistics.

OLAC is inviting every researcher and archive to become a data provider by submitting information about available language-oriented resources, e.g., field notes, grammatical sketches, lexicons, unpublished papers, and so forth. The information submitted by the researcher includes the language described or analyzed, the format of the resource (e.g., web page, hard copy, cassette), method of access, and so on. Note that the data itself is not requested, so the researcher still has full control over who sees it.

The OLAC Repository Editor is one way to submit this information. You should use ORE if your repository is small and you do not want to learn to use XML -- ORE will convert your information into XML for you.

For example, to submit information about your field notes you might use ORE to set up a single repository called 'Researcher X's Field notes on Language Y'. This repository might include a record for each set of notes, so there would be one record for vocabulary and one record for the sound system. A single researcher can create multiple repositories. For instance, a researcher working on multiple languages with large amounts of data may choose to store the records for each language in separate repositories.

The researcher decides the organization of the data inside the repository; the goal is to make it most accessible to someone searching for it. If you have primary data about a language, you don't need to make a separate record for every example sentence, but it might be useful to separate recordings from your written notes.

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