SOAS University of London

Endangered Languages Archive

Instructions for Depositors

Edit August 4th 2020: ELAR is currently undergoing migration to a new archiving system. LAMUS, our former self-uploading platform, has been discontinued. This is a reminder to all ELAR depositors that no uploads or updates can be done on the LAT system anymore. New tutorials will be released in due course. If you are an ELDP grantee and your report is due soon, please get in touch with Jenny Martin at If you are SOAS or external depositor and have not received notifications via email, please get in touch at

Metadata Creation

ELAR requires that you create your metadata files in IMDI format.

All metadata files should be created with ELAR's new metadata creation tool lameta. The program, as well as a video tutorial and helpsheet can be found on lameta's website.