SOAS University of London

SOAS World Languages Institute

Open Access and Open Data in Language Research and Documentation: Opportunities and Challenges


Date: 10 October 2016Time: 12:00 AM

Finishes: 12 October 2016Time: All Day

Venue: Cologne, Germany

Type of Event: Workshop

Note: Internal event not open to external attendees.

Open Access, unrestricted online access to publicly funded peer-reviewed publications, has become a major movement in the academic world over the past decade. While Open Access to publications is generally supported, the call for access to the primary materials — the data on which the publications are based — is contested and sometimes hotly debated, especially in the documentation of endangered languages. At the same time, best practice in scientific conduct and sharing of data are basic academic principles.

Funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung the workshop is bringing together researchers, archivists, speakers, users, funders and research institutions from different geographical areas to discuss key issues in evaluating challenges and opportunities and provide practical solutions to Open Access/Open Data of primary documentation materials. UNESCO's Universal Access and Preservation Section, Information Society Division, Communication and Information Sector is partnering to support policy development in the sector and to provide practical teaching materials.

Organiser: SWLI, University and City Library of Cologne, Cologne Center for e-Humanities

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