Making Australian research available internationally
Fieldwork - use for elicitation and documentation, and for language learning in preparation for fieldwork
Return of materials to communities
Digital tools for optimal transcription and analysis
Comparative studies - historical recordings give time depth for area language and music studies
Better understanding of diversity - data from some languages only in older recordings
Incorporation of primary data in presentations and, ultimately, publications
Metadata - 1623 records, to make resources discoverable even if not yet digitised
PIs and content metadata need to be assigned before digitisation (some refinement during process)
Repository - 807 items digitised to date, some complex e.g. fieldnotes (page images) or transcripts accompanying tapes
Metadata November 2004
1623 records in the metadata repository with data from 24 countries in Asia-Pacific (Australia, Chile, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Lao, Malaysia, Federated States of Micronesia, Myanmar (Burma), New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Reunion, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Tonga, Vanuatu, Vietnam)
Implementations will change over time - foundation for cooperation must be agreements and alignment of strategic objectives
Minimal shared standards needed on formats, ethics, description, rights - what else?
Possibility of staged modular approach
federated discovery platform
proof-of-concept pilot studies/trials
targeted data sets for exchange
tools development and testing
Transnational projects - how to identify and coordinate international funding opportunities?
Projections of international traffic & storage charges - funding implications
Sustainability of our collections - how to cost overheads and source long-term funding commitments
DELAMAN governance and administration structures? How to resource and support without duplication/reinventing the wheel, adding to administrative burden?
How to involve all stakeholders (including local/national bodies of originating communities)?
APAN Bangkok 2005
E-science workshop: Toward a semantic web for digital data archives (convenor V. Balaji, Princeton)
Immense quantities of digital data and images are now archived and publicly available through the web. These include domain-specific data archives, covering such domains as weather and climate, seismology and geophysics, astronomy and particle physics, as well as images and digital copies of non-textual human cultural production. Describing, cataloguing, searching and locating information within digital data and image archives is one of the grand technological challenges of the semantic web era. This session will draw together participants from diverse fields of science and the humanities to share their experience on metadata, standards and techniques for access to large digital archives.
Tentative Titles of presentations:
1) The Hierarchical Data Format for EOS (HDF-EOS), Richard Ullman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Invited)
2) Metadata Requirements for Global Climate Models, V. Balaji, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory