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We are actively seeking both analogue and digital multimedia contributions that document the intangible heritage of the Austroasiatic language family. If you are interested in depositing with RWAAI, please contact the curator.

Depositor forms are available at and include details about the accession of a collection, the rights of the depositor and terms of access. The depositor retains copyright of their collection and sets the access rights.

Note that as long as a spreadsheet detailing the data is provided by the depositor, RWAAI can help out with metadata generation and the actual uploading process. This is often the preferred method.

Those who wish to upload/manage data by themselves might want to read the short introduction below.


Metadata is information describing your data (data about your data). It can include but is not limited to location where the data was collected, language/s, participants etc. This information is required in order to add data and will be linked to the corresponding data file/s. Metadata is what will help you keep track of your data and to find it when needed.

Metadata is visible to everyone

Metadata is by design visible to anyone browsing the archive. Each researcher will have to decide whether a piece of information should be included in the metadata or not due to sensitivity/legal issues (e.g. if you include the actual names of consultants in your metadata, these will be visible to all users).

Creating/editing metadata

It is necessary to create the metadata files a.k.a. IMDI-files (a standardized metadata-format, stored in xml) that you will upload together with your data. In short, no data can be added to the archive without corresponding metadata.

Arbil (Windows/Mac/Linux) is one tool that can be used to achieve this. The latest version and manuals can be downloaded for free from The Language Archive at the MPI:

Please note that while Arbil is a desktop application, it is written in Java and consequently requires Java to be installed on your system.

Lamus: Upload and manage your data

Whereas the Archive Browser takes care of finding and accessing data, Lamus takes care of uploading and managing data.

If you experience technical issues or if you have questions regarding your account or workflow (e.g. “How do I create IMDI-files?”), please contact the Corpus Manager.