2011 LSA Orthography Symposium

The 85th Annual Meeting of the LSA (Pittsburgh, 2011) included a symposium on creating orthographies for unwritten languages. Creating an orthography has important implications for both speaker community access and long-term preservation and access to linguistic data. The organizers of the symposium have made the materials (abstracts, handouts, and slides) available here:

Workshop on Advanced Corpus Solutions, PACLIC 24

Call for papers:

Submission deadline: June 14, 2010
Workshop date: November 4, 2010

This workshop invites papers on advances in corpus types and corpus tools in support of linguistic research.

NSF Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI**2)

On March 16, the National Science Foundation announced the Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation (SI**2) Program Solicitation 10-551 at This is an NSF-wide solicitation, led by the Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI).

Focus on applications

A lot of digital ink has been spilled in recent years laying out standards and best practices for language documentation and archiving, and rightly so. Coherent standards greatly improve the usefulness and longevity of archived data, and getting standards right is a difficult process. And, measures like the recent LSA resolution and the requirements of funding agencies are an important step towards getting researchers to use these standards.

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