Sadie Williams, Eastern Michigan University
Andrea Berez, Wayne State University
Gary Holton, Alaska Native Language Center
Helen Aristar-Dry & Veronica Grondona, Eastern Michigan University

Dena'ina Qenaga Website and Digital Archive

The Dena'ina Archiving Training and Access (DATA) project is a collaborative project between ANLC and the LINGUIST List whose main goal is the creation of an enduring and accessible digital archive of the Dena'ina Athabascan language - a language spoken by fewer than 80 people in the Cook Inlet region of Alaska. This demonstration will serve to present both the online digital archive and a website that provides general information on the Dena'ina language and community. We will illustrate the challenges crossed in building a digital language archive from scratch. Specifically we will address the need for a linguistic digital archive module and make recommendations based on our experiences.

The project as a whole was designed to be a model for best practice in digital language archiving and aimed to develop and implement standards for digital data storage and retrieval. The project worked closely with the E-MELD project and served to illustrate the documentation standards put-forth by E-MELD.

The main focus of this presentation and the main goal of the DATA project are to create an enduring digital archive of existing Dena'ina language materials, both print and audio, and to make them easily accessible over the internet. The physical materials are held at the Alaska Native Language Center and without access in digital form were extremely difficult to acquire. Users of the archive can now learn of the existence of Dena'ina language materials that may never have been published or may have been out of print for many years as well as submit new materials in digital format.

The digital archive was designed and implemented keeping the infrastructure of and materials held at the ANLC in mind as well as to allow the future inclusion of other Dena'ina libraries in Alaska. Web forms were developed for both users and for those who maintain and update the archive. The archive is fully browseable and searchable by title, author, date and dialect, and contains descriptive information.