🗺 New OLAC Language Archives data visualisation interface

You folks may have seen in your inboxes this but I’ll pass it along.

We have released a new version of the OLAC visualiser, which takes OLAC metadata and prepares it in a novel view by geographic location, identifying each language and showing how many items are in OLAC repositories for that language.

Language Archives OLAC Visualisation

For each language you can see the kind of resources available (Primary texts; Lexical resources; Language descriptions; Other resources about the language; Other resources in the language).

You can select a country and download all information about languages in that country. Look for the link “browse the data by country” in the sidebar.

This page is refreshed once a week.

The project outline and links to the source code are here: Language Archives Data Visualisation – labs

This site was produced by Marco La Rosa in a project led by Nick Thieberger and funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

And here’s the intro from the front page:

This map shows the number of items available in archives participating in the Open Language Archives Community for any given language. The main aim of these archives is to make available information about the smaller languages of the world.

Clearly, major languages have enormous amounts of information available, but for many of the world’s languages, as is shown on this site, little or nothing has been recorded or is available via one of the participating archives.

It’s a discipline-level to-do list!


It seems that the languages are only searchable by the names associated with the ISO 639 codes, making it hard to find languages that have been known by multiple names, or those where multiple languages/varieties are classified under one code

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