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The Computational Resource for South Asian Languages (CoRSAL) is a digital archive for source audio, video, and text on the minority languages of South Asia.  The archive also includes derivatives of source files such as databases, acoustic analysis, wordlists, dictionaries, grammars, and analytic aids.

Mission

The CoRSAL mission it to provide a stable archive for the deposit of such materials.  The key features of the archive are:

  • Findability:  items in CoRSAL are easily located from a browser with keyword searches.
  • Accessibility:  the items in the CoRSAL archive are free for download or can be viewed online.  The collections can be easily accessed via tablet and phone. Depositors can place access restrictions on individual items as they see necessary.
  • Ease of deposit:  CoRSAL provides training in data management to assist with data preparation for archiving, including file naming and metadata creation. Recognizing that uploading files can be a challenge in South Asia due to varying internet speeds, CoRSAL works with the UNT (University of North Texas) digital library to upload deposits to the CoRSAL archive.
  • Longevity:  Because CoRSAL is part of the UNT Digital Library, the collections within CoRSAL are secure for the long-term.  The UNT Digital Library meets international standards as a trusted digital repository.
  • Ethical preservation: The focus of CoRSAL is on providing a service to those seeking a repository for their language materials.  Deposits in CoRSAL are the result of respectful conversations between the depositor and CoRSAL staff (see organization chart). Depositors to CoRSAL may include academic and community language documenters, language activists, and linguistic typologists or theoretical linguists with language data.

Infrastructure

The Digital Collections archive and provide searchable online access to digitized text, images, sound, and video curated and selected from the Libraries, the University, and our partners around the state.  

More here: https://library.unt.edu/digital-collections/

DELAMAN membership

CoRSAL has applied to be a part of the Documenting Endangered Languages and Musics Archive Network (DELAMAN).  DELAMAN membership is open to organisations actively engaged in “preserving primary data and other resources of endangered languages and cultures” through archiving.

More here:  http://www.delaman.org/