The Language Archive (TLA) of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics recently had a presence at the ICLDC 2013 conference and one of the things presented was the new features in Arbil. For those of you who are not aware Arbil is a metadata editor / organiser developed at TLA/MPI-PL. It has recently been extended with many new features increasing its flexibility. One of these developments is that Arbil in addition to the existing IMDI metadata format now supports the Clarin metadata format CMDI which is much more flexible allowing a project manager to define which metadata fields are used and a more recent addition is the support for plugins.

Because of the flexible design of Arbil, some of its components such as the metadata table have been utilised within the KinOath Kinship Archiver which has been designed in a modular way with a plugin system. This plugin system from KinOath has now been integrated into Arbil which means that new and experimental features can more quickly be added into both applications. These plugins can also potentially be shared between both applications.

There is already a plugin available for Arbil that allows for favourites (which are snippets of regularly used metadata) to be imported and exported. This plugin can be installed in a number of ways, but the easiest is just to use this webstart url: