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2019 Annual ELDP Documentation Training

Earlier this month, ELDP brought participants from 19 countries, working on over 25 languages, to SOAS University of London for the annual week-long intensive training!

The first day was kicked off with seminars on Language Documentation and Audio Recording by Mandana Seyfeddinipur and Gema Zamora.

We were very pleased to have former ELDP grantee Eric Campbell from UCSB joining us as a trainer. On Day 2, he gave a seminar on semantics and lexicography. Thank you, Eric!

We were also very grateful to have another former ELDP grantee Natalia Cáceres from the University of Oregon as a trainer, giving a great seminar on FLEx!

Eric Campbell giving a seminar on Lexicography.

Both Eric and Natalia passed on their expertise from previous ELDP trainings to the next generation of documentary linguists.

On the Friday, after seminars on Visual mode and Language use by Mandana, Participants went out around SOAS to practice outside video recording!

From left to right: Oluwakayode Komolafe, Incamu Ray and Marie Claude Mattei Muller.

The Friday ended with a dinner where participants got a chance to learn about each others’ projects while enjoying the delicious Lebanese food!:

…back to work on Saturday! The participants reviewed their videos and then learnt how to edit videos using FFMPeg with Vera and Marti.

Then, Eric Campbell gave a great second seminar, on mobilisation and creating community materials.

Monday was focused on ELAN training, Collection Evaluation and Data Management by Mandana, Vera, Gema and Stephanie.

Tuesday was focussed on metadata creation for SayMoreX and self-upload training for our new archiving software/platform, Preservica. Peta also gave a presentation on grant admin.

Wednesday was our last day together, which was spent learning how to update metadata on Preservica and transfer data across ELAN and FLEx with Natalia Cáceres.

The training ended with a wonderful talk by Lissant Bolton, Keeper of the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the British Museum, on Material culture and context. We will be collaborating with their <endangered material> in the future, with a joint grant with ELDP!

ELDP and ELAR would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the participants and instructors at the training this year.