PAULA stands for Potsdamer Austauschformat für linguistische Annotation (“Potsdam Interchange Format for Linguistic Annotation”). PAULA has been developed in Project D1: Linguistic Database: Annotation and Retrieval of the SFB 632. It is an XML-based standoff representation format, which has been designed to represent data annotated at multiple layers. For visualization and querying of the PAULA data, the database ANNIS can be used.