Bringing User-Centered Design to the Field of Language Archives

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This article describes findings from a workshop that initiated a dialogue between the fields of user-centered design (UCD) and language archives.

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Wasson, Christina; Holton, Gary & Roth, Heather November 16, 2016.

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This article describes findings from a workshop that initiated a dialogue between the fields of user-centered design (UCD) and language archives.

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Abstract: This article describes findings from a workshop that initiated a dialogue between
the fields of user-centered design (UCD) and language archives. One of the challenges
facing language archives is the fact that they typically have multiple user
groups with significantly different information needs, as well as varying cultural
practices of data sharing, access and use. UCD, informed by design anthropology,
can help developers of language archives identify the main user groups of a particular
archive; work with those user groups to map their needs and cultural practices;
and translate those insights into archive design. The article describes findings
from the workshop on User-Centered Design of Language Archives in February
2016. It reviews relevant aspects of language archiving and user-centered
design to construct the rationale for the workshop, relates key insights produced
during the workshop, and outlines next steps in the larger research trajectory initiated
by this workshop. One major insight from the workshop was the discovery
that at present, most language archives are not meeting the needs of most users.
Representatives from all user groups expressed frustration at the current design of
most language archives. This discovery points to the value of introducing a user-centered
approach, so that the design of language archives can be better informed
by the needs of users.

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  • Language Documentation and Conservation, 2016. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawai'i Press.

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  • Publication Title: Language Documentation and Conservation
  • Volume: 10
  • Pages: 641-681
  • Peer Reviewed: Yes

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User-Centered Design of Language Archives

More than half the world's languages are at risk of no longer being spoken by the end of this century. Language archives can be important resources for language revitalization and research, but need to accommodate the needs of all user groups. This collection features videos and related contents from a February 2016 workshop which documented the perspectives of key stakeholder groups and generated initial conceptual frameworks to guide further research in this area.

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Wasson, Christina; Holton, Gary & Roth, Heather. Bringing User-Centered Design to the Field of Language Archives, article, November 16, 2016; Honolulu, Hawai'i. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1042591/: accessed September 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Arts and Sciences.