by Paul Trilsbeek
TLA has installed a regional language archive using its LAT archiving framework at CERDOTOLA in Yaoundé, Cameroon. CERDOTOLA (Centre International de Recherche et de Documentation sur les Traditions et les Langues Africaines) is an international institution for research on African languages, cultures and traditions. Eleven countries are currently members of CERDOTOLA: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, and São Tomé and Príncipe. Its headquarters is based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where it also has a research facility in the Mvan district.
The installation of the ALORA archive was done within the INNET project funded by the European Commission. As a part of this project, TLA is able to install 3 further regional archives and train local staff to manage it. The main purpose of installing these regional archives is on the one hand to have a place to preserve language resources near to the location where these languages are spoken and on the other hand to build the capacity to preserve these materials according to the standards as they are developed within networks such as CLARIN and DELAMAN. A server with 12 TB of storage capacity was prepared and installed in Nijmegen and then sent to Yaoundé. Paul Trilsbeek from TLA went to Yaoundé from the 8th until the 12th of February 2014 to fine-tune the installation and to train the local staff. In addition, a one-day training course was organised on the 12th for depositors of the archive. Participants from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana and Ivory Coast attended this training, where they learnt how to create metadata descriptions with Arbil and how to upload materials to the archive with LAMUS.