Book about the Archive of Languages and Cultures of Ethnic Groups of Thailand (LangArchive-TH)

In 2019 the Archive of Languages and Cultures of Ethnic Groups of Thailand was launched. The project was supported by the Newton Fund. ELAR and Mahidol University collaborated on the creation of the archive. Now a book about creating and managing a digital archive is available from the project.

The book titled The ethnic group digital archive project: Promoting the protection and preservation of language and culture diversity in Thailand is about creating and managing a digital archive, particularly the Archive of Languages and Cultures of Ethnic Groups of Thailand (LangArchive-TH). It was published in June 2020, and is available for free from the website of the Thai Archive. Copies of the book were distributed to project participants and those who participated in archiving workshops.

The content of this book is divided into seven sections:

(1)  The background, reasons and main objectives of the research project.

(2) The concept of documentation and digital archiving such as the meaning of archiving and it importance. Lexical terms related to archive are included in this section.

(3) The process of language and culture documentation of ethnic groups of Thailand is described, including introduction of equipment.

(4) This section is related to data management, metadata collecting, data file conversion.

(5) How to upload digital files via Sound Cloud, Vimeo, and directly to https://langarchive-th.org/ depending on the file types.

(6) Collection of some popular questions that were asked during workshops and seminar forums.

(7) The content from seminar forum in November 2019 which was about how to develop archive from four organizations: RILCA, The Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhon Atropology centre, Thai Film Archive, and NECTEC.

More information about the Thai Archive project: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24975

Read more about the launch of the Archive of Languages and Cultures of Ethnic Groups of Thailand on the ELAR blog:

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