Cultural and Linguistic Archive of Mesoamerica
The CLAMA project (Cultural and Linguistic Archive of Mesoamerica) is a four year US Department of Education TICFIA funded grant project with the following goals:
- To create a digital archive of video, research notes, audio interviews, photographs and other digital sources stored at physical archives in Mexico, El Salvador, and Nicaragua (and potentially Guatemala and Honduras) with the explicit goal of preserving and disseminating sources related to minority languages and cultures.
- To create a suite of freely available software tools to simplify the process of annotating a digital object (video, audio, or photo). CLAMA will extend existing software to create an "Annotator's Toolkit" which will function with video, audio and photographic content.
- To build capacity within the partner institutions in Latin America so that digitization and annotation will continue after the term of the grant has expired. This involves an investment in training people, developing workflows, understanding licenses and agreeing upon standards and best practices.
Visit CLAMA at http://www.clama.org
CLAMA builds on project CAMVA, the Central American and Mexican Video Archive (2005-2010), also supported by TICFIA funding. In addition to establishing an international consortium of partners, this project created expertise in video preservation and digitization, and made important changes to the video annotation tools to make them work in an international collaboration. The CAMVA archive will become part of CLAMA as this new project builds on the tools and institutional partnerships created as part of CAMVA.