Indigenous Languages Digital Archive (ILDA) Overview

Overview

The Indigenous Languages Digital Archive (ILDA) is a web based archive designed specifically to support tribal efforts in archive-based language revitalization. ILDA allows for the organization, storage, retrieval, and analysis of digitized archival linguistic materials, and associated data, for the purpose of informing language revitalization and educational efforts by tribal communities who participate in National Breath of Life (NBoL) Archival Institute for Indigenous Languages.

Capabilities, Benefits and Key Features

  • Database of digitized (surrogate) archival linguistic materials for processing and analysis primarily to support research and revitalization

  • Robust search function with results linked to the original (surrogate) material

  • Support for read-only searching or authenticated access for additional functions

  • Seperate database for each community

Limitations:

  • Digitization or scanning of print materials is not provided in ILDA, digital surrogates of printed materials must be provided for upload to the ILDA database

Who may use it?

Participant tribes and community researchers who participate in National Breath of Life workshops 

Is there a charge to me or my department?

Training for use of ILDA is largely supported through grants. There are no current fees to use the software, but training is required through NBoL workshops. See nationalbreathoflife.org for more detailed information.

Are there technology requirements?

  • Modern web browser and Internet access
  • Basic skills with spreadsheet software for transcription of archival materials
  • Scanner or cameras for converting print material to digital collateral to add to ILDA


How do I get started?

Visit nationalbreathoflife.org for more information and then inquire at: 

nationalbol@miamioh.edu

What can I expect?

  • ILDA is available online 24x7x365
  • Support is available on a best effort basis