infrastructure in the humanities and the arts fields

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Centre for Estonian Language Resources (CELR)

RI description

The goal of the Centre for Estonian Language Resources (CELR) is to create and manage an infrastructure which will support the making of Estonian language digital resources (dictionaries, corpora – both text and speech, and various language databases) and language technology tools (software) available to everyone who is working with digital language materials.

The CELR coordinates and organises the documentation and archiving of the resources as well as developing language technology standards and drawing up the necessary legal contracts and licences for different types of users (public, academic, commercial, etc). In addition to collecting language resources, a system will be launched for introducing the resources to potential users, and also for informing and educating them.

The main users of the CELR are researchers from Estonian R&D institutions, and social sciences and humanities researchers from all over the world via the CLARIN ERIC network of similar centres in Europe. Those partners who belong to the CELR consortium are the University of Tartu, the Tallinn University of Technology, the Institute of the Estonian Language, and the Estonian Literary Museum.

RI research services

The central data register and repository service for language resources;

A metadata portal, data category registration service, schema registration services for language resources; A knowledge and expertise service for RI users; user support; central IT services such as hosting, archiving, depositing, and the preservation of the Estonian language and other linguistic data, user access and authorisation for services that are provided by the national identity federation.

Equipment at the RI

Central servers for hosting, archiving and depositing language resources and tools; servers for producing and testing research models.

A live server (Supermicro 6037R) for hosting all live applications. Registering language resources and providing a repository of language resources.

A web-based user environment for using language resources and tools for research and development purposes.

A registry for and repository of language resources; covering project management, virtualisation, and version control software.

Hosting organisation: University of Tartu
Liivi 2 / 50409 Tartu

Estonian e-Repository and the Conservation of Collections (e-Varamu)

RI description

The ‘E-varamu’ portal is a semantics-based search engine which provides access to related information from all of the databases in Estonian ‘memory institutions’, including libraries, archives, museum collections and other sources of information which are relevant to the research community. The portal uses extensive cross-referencing methods between several databases, connecting the search items with (science) literature catalogues and allowing queries and user-preferences to be saved. In addition to the portal, the infrastructure features a mass deacidification centre for the conservation of written literature. The infrastructure creates the capability to digitise the holdings of memory institutions and to make the data more accessible for end-users through the portal.

RI research services

Mass deacidification
The mass deacidification of library and archival materials which are currently stored on acidic paper.
Digitising printed materials.
Digitising cultural heritage (books, manuscripts, audio-visual materials, etc).
Database storage and data handling.
Providing scientific databases for storing and handling data.
Software development.
Developing thin-client access portals.

Equipment at the RI

Automatic book scanner
A book scanner with automatic page turner for documents (books, magazines, and bound newspapers), any size up to A1 format can be handled.
A disk array.
A disk storage system for digital archives.
A mass-deacidification system.
Treatment chamber(s); paper material preconditioning chamber(s) (for tasks such as drying); deacidificant fluid collector(s); and deacidification and reagent/carrier fluid storage tank(s).
Hardware and software for digitising audio materials (on magnetic tape) and visual materials (VHS video recordings and photos).

Hosting organisation: University of Tartu
Ülikooli 18 / 50090 Tartu