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TICFIA Project CLAMA   printer-friendly-version
Program: Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access
Award Number: P337A090016
Grant Period: 10/01/2009 - 09/30/2012
World Area: International
2009:  $380,000
2010:  $190,000
Total:  $570,000
Institution: Indiana University-Bloomington
Project Director: Jeffrey Gould
P.O. Box 1847
Bloomington, Indiana 47402
Tel: 8128556934
Fax: 8128559943
Email: gouldj@indiana.edu
Web: www.iub.edu/~clama
World political and economic changes have fragmented communities and profoundly altered the lives and traditions of rural people in Latin America. Land loss and socio-economic changes associated with the agro-export economy combined with the Central American conflicts of the 1980s to cause a massive migration of indigenous and farming communities to the United States. The end of the Cold War and the return of peace to Central America did not stem the flow of migrants in search of work and the promise of a better life. It is of vital national interest that U.S. researchers and educators work to increase understanding of these cultures and the languages they speak. Project CLAMA proposes to employ a unique technological infrastructure to preserve, disseminate and teach key pieces of the linguistic and cultural traditions of the people of Central America and Mexico.

The CLAMA project aims to accomplish the following:

• To create a digital archive of video, research notes, audio interviews, photographs and other digital sources stored at physical archives in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras with the explicit goal of preserving and disseminating sources related to minority languages and cultures.

• To create a suite of freely available software tools to simplify the process of annotating a digital object (video, audio, or photo). CLAMA will extend existing software to create an "Annotator's Toolkit" which will function with video, audio and photographic content.

Institutional relationships:

At Indiana University, CLAMA is sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and the Digital Library Project (DLP). Based at IU, Project CLAMA is a consortium of three leading research institutes in Central America and Mexico: The Institute of Nicaraguan and Central American History (IHNCA, Nicaragua), the Museum of Words and Images (MUPI, El Salvador) and the Center for Advanced Research and Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS, Mexico).

Project Plan:

During phase one and two, the physical archives will be assessed, digitization standards agreed upon, and sources selected based on thematic relevance and stage of decay, and digitization will be performed. The project will hire a programmer, agree on software changes, and begin implementing the changes.

Phase three will focus on the creation of detailed annotations to accompany these multimedia sources. These annotations will be created at the partner institutions by academics and researchers knowledgeable about the history and culture of their countries using the software created at IU by the digital library program.

During the final phase of the project, the sources and annotations will be incorporated into the CLAMA Web Portal, and library catalog records will be created. During this final phase, the partners in the US and Latin America will publicize the site internationally and incorporate the audio-visual materials into language and culture classes.
Languages: Countries:
Yucatec Maya
El Salvador
Disciplines: Subjects:
Area studies
Political science
Area Studies
Instructional Materials
Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL)
Self-Instructional Language Programs
Underrepresented Groups