Training resources

With the aim of supporting not only ELDP grantees but also the general language documentation community, the ELDP team provides both written guides and video tutorials on a variety of topics relating to language documentation software, data management, metadata creation, and archiving. These resources are made available through the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) in the Depositor’s Resource Collection.
These materials are designed for learners at any stage of their career or project, from new documenters planning their first project to experienced documenters looking to make their workflows more efficient. These resources are available free-of-cost under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (CC BY-SA) license, allowing users to share, adapt, translate, and/or re-publish the materials. If you are using the materials for your own projects or teaching, please get in touch as we would love to hear your feedback and learn more about how you are using them.
The materials are provided in a variety of formats to cater to different learner preferences: full PDF guides with screenshots, quick A4 checklist guides, and video tutorials. Where relevant, supplementary files like sample media and template files are provided to support independent learning. The materials are organized in a modular fashion, so that they can serve as stand-alone resources on a single topic or be combined with other modules.

Data preparation

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Data Management

The available guides and video tutorials cover topics related to file names, file types and how to organise your files in bundles.

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ELAN Fundamentals

In this module you will learn how to create your transcriptions and translations based on an predefined ELAN template. It includes PDF guides, video tutorials and a teaching set with sample files.

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ELAN Intermediate

ELAN Intermediate shows you how to customise the ELAN template available in ELAN Fundamentals for your own project needs.

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ELAN-FLEx-ELAN workflow

The video tutorials and PDF documents in this module will guide you through the process of exchanging your transcriptions and translations between ELAN and FLEx.

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FLEx Project Creation and Settings

With the guides available in this module you will learn how to install and create your FLEx database. It will also show you how to set up the languages and writing systems that FLEx will be using.

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FLEx Lexicon Basics

How to create a lexicon in FLEx, how to add multimedia elements to your lexicon entries and how to export your lexicon are the topics covered in this module.

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FFmpeg Basics

With FFmpeg Basics you learn how to install and use FFmpeg for video conversion, concatenation and audio extraction.

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SayMore for BOLD

With these guides, you will learn how to use SayMore to make recordings of oral translations and careful speech repetitions as a part of a Basic Oral Language Documentation (BOLD) workflow. You will also learn how to edit the resulting .eaf files to link the correct media files and have consistent tier structure.

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IPA Input Methods

In this guide, you will learn best practices for inputting special characters, how to choose a Unicode font, and how to use Keyman to input IPA characters.

Metadata Creation

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Metadata Creation with Lameta

The video tutorials and PDF documents in this module guide you through the process of creating metadata for all your files using Lameta.

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Topics, Keywords & Genres

Full PDF guide to picking good topics, keywords, and genres.

Archiving with ELAR

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Depositing Overview

A4 quick guide to ELAR depositing workflows.

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Uploading using Starter

Full guide describing how to upload with ELAR using Preservica's Starter tool.

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Editing metadata for existing bundles

Full guide describing how to edit metadata in bundles that have already been deposited with ELAR.

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Adding files to existing bundles

Full guide describing how to add files (for example, transcriptions) to bundles that have already been deposited with ELAR.