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Mission Statement

The Language Archive Cologne (LAC) supports research, learning and teaching with high quality and dependable digital language resources.

The LAC facilitates free and open online access to research data. It does this by preserving digital audio and video data, annotations, and other digital language data in the long term, and by promoting and disseminating these resources.

The LAC promotes open and sustainable practices in the use of digital language data in the humanities and provides technical advice to the research community, and supports the deployment of digital technologies in research and teaching.

The LAC with its mission is integral part of the Data Center for the Humanities (DCH) of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cologne. The DCH has the task to secure and provide long-term preservation for diverse types of digital data and make them accessible.

Following this, the mission of the LAC repository is to serve as the repository of a CLARIN-D resource centre. The mission of CLARIN-D is to provide “linguistic data, tools and services in an integrated, interoperable and scalable infrastructure for the social sciences and humanities“ ( Therefore, a repository in which data, tools and accompanying metadata are archived on a long term basis has to be operated by such a resource centre.