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Rescuing Legacy Data

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Title:Rescuing Legacy Data
Authors:Schmidt, Thomas
Bennöhr, Jasmine
Keywords:electronic language data
legacy data
Date Issued:Jun 2008
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Schmidt, Thomas and Jasmine Bennöhr. 2008. Rescuing Legacy Data. Language Documentation & Conservation 2(1):109–129.
Abstract:This paper discusses issues that arise in the transformation of electronic language data from outdated to modern, sustainable formats. We first describe the problem and then present four different cases in which corpora of spoken language were converted from legacy formats to an XML-based representation. For each of the four cases, we describe the conversion workflow and discuss the difficulties that we had to overcome. Based on this experience, we formulate some more general observations about transforming legacy data and conclude with a set of best practice recommendations for a more sustainable handling of language corpora.
Journal:Language Documentation & Conservation
Appears in Collections: Volume 02 Issue 1 : Language Documentation & Conservation

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