LAMUS (Language Archive Management and Upload System) is a web-based application that allows users to organize and update the content in the extensive archive of the IMDI (ISLE Metadata Description Initiative) corpus at the MPI.

The application allows researchers to manage their specific part of the archive with as little intervention of corpus- or system managers as possible.

Various types of resources (e.g. video, audio data, pictures and annotations), as well as their metadata, can be linked into the tree structure of the archive, enriching the content of the corpus.

LAMUS is designed around virtual workspaces in order to prevent unwanted changes to be applied directly in the actual archive. The changes are only incorporated into the archive when the researchers finish their work and submit the workspace.

After the workspace submission, search indexes will be updated for metadata and content. During the whole process various checks are being performed on the metadata and resources to ensure the consistency and coherence of the archive.

LAMUS is visualized by an easy-to-use interface which, after login, allows the user to:

  • create new and select existing workspaces: Initially, a workspace is an exported piece of the archive. The workspace is managed on the server, so interruptions of the workspace edit process usually do not cause data loss.
  • manage the workspace’s contents (i.e. make new corpus structures, upload new metadata or resources, move nodes) and finally ingest the updated corpora back into the archive.

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