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New Catalogue

ELAR is delighted to announce the launch of the new ELAR catalogue. On the 28th of September 2016, the new catalogue replaced the old version and can now be accessed via the URL: http://elararchive.org

New features include archive-wide statistics which display not only the number of downloaded files according to their access categories, but also the number of uploaded files within a select time range. These statistics can be seen in the bottom right corner of the display (see below image enlarged at: new_catalogue )

In addition to a deposit page that summarises the main characteristics of each collection and illustrates the deposit with photos, podcasts and show reels, each collection has its own public statistics. These public statistics, among other things, give information on the number and type of downloaded files. Each collection also contains private statistics for depositor use (see below example deposit page at: deposit_example )

Navigating through the collections, ELAR users will have the opportunity to listen to voices from all over the world, to watch photos and videos that show how endangered languages are being used in their communities, and to download transcriptions, lexical databases and several other files collected during documentation projects.

For depositors to find their deposit page, they should use the search bar to search for their name, their deposit key, or their project’s language. This will pull up the deposit bundles and deposit page link.

To upload data, depositors will still need to use LAMUS in order to self-upload their project’s data.

In the spring of 2014, the ELAR and the ELDP teams began the migration of the data onto the new system with the support of the SOAS library and information services. Together with the Language Archive of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen and the London team, the new system was set up. The new system features self-upload facilities, which enable depositors to load and manage their collection themselves. The VuFind discovery layer maintains the familiar interface and faceted browsing.

Thanks to many people involved in the migration – most notably the digital archivists of ELAR, Sophie Salffner and Vera Ferreira, the whole content of ELAR is saved in a more structured and standardised way.

For more information on how to use the ELAR catalogue and how to register your own account, consult the advice for new users on the ELAR website.

By Jonas Lau