The goal of the EAGLES/ISLE Meta Data Initiative is to make a proposal for a standard of meta-data descriptions of Multi-Media/Multi-Modal Language resources. Using such a standard it will become possible to create a browsable and searchable universe of such resources in the Internet. This will enable interested parties to efficiently locate suitable resources and thus increases their reusability.
Currently many language resources are being generated in disciplines such as corpus linguistics, anthropology and language and speech engineering but only few of them are available through the catalogues of the well-known agencies such as LDC and ELRA. Also most of these resources are not available in any “public” way at all and only very few people know about them. It is well known that even in the institutions where these resources are generated it seems to be problematic to exchange information about these resources in a systematic way.