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Community Archiving of Ethnic Groups in Thailand

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Title:Community Archiving of Ethnic Groups in Thailand
Authors:Ungsitipoonporn, Siripen
Watyam, Buachut
Ferreira, Vera
Seyfeddinipur, Mandana
Keywords:community archiving
language documentation and archiving
language preservation
ethnic groups in Thailand
Date Issued:May 2021
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Ungsitipoonporn, Siripen, Buachut Watyam, Vera Ferreira, & Mandana Seyfeddinipur. 2021. Community Archiving of Ethnic Groups in Thailand. Language Documentation & Conservation 15: 267-284.
Abstract:This article presents the research process of the project “The Ethnic Group Digital Archive Project: Promoting the protection and preservation of language and culture diversity in Thailand”. This project involved the development of a local digital archive website for the ethnic groups of Thailand to archive, preserve, and transmit their knowledge of languages and cultures to their younger generations and those interested. The core objective of this digital archive development was the implementation of the archive website with uncomplicated accessibility and simple and interesting design that serves the language documentation purpose. The digital archive output includes collections from 18 ethnic groups in Thailand, containing 385 bundles of legacy and fieldwork data obtained by means of video, audio, text, image, and ELAN file. Despite the low number of researchers working on language documentation and archiving, the research team managed to expand both national and international networks working in this particular field of study. This serves as an opportunity for scholars and speaker communities in Thailand to recognize the importance of local knowledge preservation and transmission, and the availability of the digital archive is a practical way to support sustainable data preservation and accessibility in the future.
Pages/Duration:18 pages
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
Journal:Language Documentation & Conservation
Appears in Collections: Volume 15 : Language Documentation & Conservation

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