Preserving, discovering and exploring the immaterial cultural heritage in the digital era Join us for the next MD3’s Geek Session […]
Join us for the next MD3’s Geek Session with Vera Ferreira.
Vera is a trained linguist with a background in language documentation and field research. Her main research interests lie in European endangered languages and in the connection between documentary data and language revitalisation.
Vera Ferreira fell in love with Minderico, a language spoken in Minde, municipality of Alcanena, about 20 years ago. Born in Batalha, Leiria, many years ago, her father went to work for Minde and brought her a small book with a few words in Minderico. Since then, she tried to learn and investigate more about the language. Minderico was the main reason why she specialized in endangered language documentation.
Nowadays, she is head of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation (CIDLeS) and Archive Support and Development Officer at the Endangered Languages Archive (SOAS University of London).
As the digital archivist, Vera provides advice and training on all aspects of data management, metadata preparation and digital archiving.
Vera is co-founder and Head of CIDLes, a non-profit institution founded in January 2010 in Minde (Portugal) by a group of national and international researchers.
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation (CIDLeS) aims to improving and deepening research in two linguistic areas: language documentation and linguistic typology. Besides the documentation, study and dissemination of European endangered and minority languages CIDLeS is also engaged in the development of language technologies for scientific and didactic work on lesser-used languages.From http://cidleseu.de13.fcomet.com/our-mission/mission-statement/
As Digital Archivist, at SOAS University of London, Vera manages the full project lifecycle of language documentation materials at the archive end (ingestion, evaluation and processing of materials and formats, curation, upload, access setting, catalogue display). She also diagnoses and troubleshoot problems with data and metadata, reviews and approves data management plans, prepares and administrate legal documentation around deposits, organises and trains lexicography and semantics, video conversion, linguistic and metadata software (e.g. ELAN, FLEx, Arbil, CMDI Maker), metadata and data management workflows, and digital archiving.
On May 13, 2021, at 4 pm (PT), Vera Ferreira will be joining MD3’s team to discuss how important it is to preserve, discover and explore the immaterial cultural heritage in the digital era.