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New developments in Arbil

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Title: New developments in Arbil
Issue Date: 01 Mar 2013
Description: Arbil is a tool developed at The Language Archive at MPI-PL (Author, 2012) for creating metadata that describes research data, such as audio or video files, allowing research data files to be easily searched once they are archived. Arbil was originally developed for the DOBES community to replace the IMDI Editor. The core needs expressed by this group was viewing and editing the metadata when in the field and being able to edit more than one metadata file at once. Indeed, Arbil is fully functional offline, provides tabular editing, and for robustness stores only text metadata files. For moving metadata and associated resources into an LAT archive, the structure is exported from Arbil and then uploaded into LAMUS (Broeder et al., 2006).

Arbil was originally designed for IMDI metadata (Broeder and Wittenburg, 2006). This format has been in use for many years, and it has many fields so that it covers most needs, but also may confuse researchers and slow down the workflow with many fields to fill in. This issue has been addressed by CLARIN (Váradi et al., 2008). CLARIN provides flexible metadata fields, allowing a custom profile to be designed for each project - only the relevant metadata fields need to be offered to the end user, greatly simplifying the process of creating metadata. Arbil has now been updated to support both IMDI and Clarin metadata formats.

Some users prefer to use a web application to view and edit their metadata. Many of the workflow concepts used in Arbil apply in a web environment as much as they do in the well-known desktop application. For this reason the concepts and components within Arbil are being adapted for use as modules in both environments such as the metadata table and the metadata profiles used in CLARIN metadata. This will pave the way to greater flexibility in tools such as LAMUS.

Because of the flexible design of Arbil, some of its components such as the metadata table have been utilised in KinOath Kinship Archiver (Author, 2011). This application builds on the core functions of Arbil, onto which it adds an XML database to provide fast searches. Also, a plugin layer has been introduced which is being migrated back into Arbil. Therefore there will be much more powerful searches available as plugins without compromising the original design of the application.


Author. 2012. Metadata Management with Arbil. In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference On Language Resources And Evaluation (LREC 2012) Satellite Workshops, pages 72–75. Istanbul. 11.LREC2012%20Metadata%20Proceedings.pdf

Author. 2011. KinOath, Kinship Software Beta Stage of Development. Talk presented at Atelier d’initiation au traitement informatique de la parenté. salle 3, RdC, bât. Le France. 2011-12-16.

D. Broeder and P. Wittenburg. 2006. The IMDI metadata framework, its current application and future direction. International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies, 1(2), pages 119–132.

T. Váradi, S. Krauwer, P. Wittenburg, M. Wynne, and K. Koskenniemi. 2008. Clarin: Common language resources and technology infrastructure. In Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC’08), pages 1244–1248, Marrakech. European Language Resources Association (ELRA). pdf/317_paper.pdf.

D. Broeder, A. Claus, F. Offenga, R. Skiba, P. Trilsbeek, and P. Wittenburg. 2006. LAMUS : the Language Archive Management and Upload System. In Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC’06), pages 2291–2294, Genoa. European Language Resources Association (ELRA). 2006/lamus-paper- final2.pdf.
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