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On this page each of the categories in Add Recording is explained to help you understand what kind of information to put there.

Basic metadata

      • Title - a name for your recording. There are no rules here, be creative! Once you’ve saved your recording we’ll use the title to create the recording’s permanent URL, so make sure you’re happy with it.
      • Audio File - your MP3 or WAV file (for audio recordings).
      • YouTube URL - your YouTube URL (for video recordings).
      • Photo - a photo for your recording. This could also be the recording itself, for example if you have a photo or scan of some writing.
      • Time - the time and date when the recording was made. If you don’t know this exactly, put an estimated time and date.
      • Place - the location where the recording was made. Once you’ve entered the placename, you can pick up the marker and move it around on the map to get the location just right. If you don’t know the exact place or you can’t find it on the map, choose somewhere nearby.
      • Speakers - the people talking in your recording. You need to add them one by one. If they have already been added to website, you can search for them by typing in the first few letters of their name. If you want to add a new speaker, click the icon and a new window will open where you can add information about the speaker. For help with filling in this form, see the Add Speaker Help page.
      • Languages - the languages or language varieties which are used in your recording. Start typing the language name and the system will search the database to see if the language is already on Language Landscape. If the language isn’t on the site already, you can add it here by pressing the icon. A new window will appear. For help with filling in this form, see the Add Language Help page.
      • Topics - the theme or subject matter of the recording. The answer to the question: “What are they talking about?” Start typing the topic. You can choose from existing topics or add new ones by pressing theicon.
      • Genres - the style of language used in the recording. Some common genres are conversation, monologue, story, song, poem, joke, riddle or tongue twister. Start typing the genre. You can choose from existing genres or add new ones by pressing the icon
      • Projects - you can group together your and other peoples’ recordings as a project. If you’ve already created the project you can add your recording to it here. If you want to know more about creating projects please see the Add Project Help page.
      • Keywords - some words about your recording which will help people to find it when they use the Search bar. It’s a good idea to separate the words with a semi colon (;) for example cheese; nightmares; story.
      • Description - an introduction to the recording. You could include information about the speakers, where the recording happened, what they’re talking about and why it’s an interesting or unusual recording. This will help other users to understand what your recording is about, especially if it’s in a language which not many people understand.
      • Other people can edit this recording - tick this box if you don’t mind other people editing the metadata for your recording. For example, you might have a recording in a language you don’t speak. A speaker of that language will be able to add a description, transcription or translation to make the recording more accessible to other people. Ticking this box also means other people can add your recording to their projects.

Advanced location data

      • Country - this should be correct and up to date. If it’s not, please edit it.
      • Locality -  if you want to call the locality something different from what is auto-generated (e.g. the name of a small village) you can edit this field without affecting the location of the marker on the map.
      • Latitude & Longitude - if you have precise coordinates for your recording you can add them here. This will move the marker to the correct location when you save the recording.

Advanced Metadata

    • Modality - the mode through which language has been communicated. The four primary modalities are speech, sign language, gesture and writing.
    • Codeswitching - this means whether the speakers switch between languages or ‘codes’ during the recording.
    • Interactivity - how much interaction is there in the recording? Is the speaker talking alone, or are there several speakers in a group?
    • Spontaneity - how spontaneous is the event in the recording? Did the speaker come up with on the spot, or did you or someone else ask them to talk?
    • Collector involvement - how involved were you or the person who collected the recording? Did you sit silently behind the recorder, or were you nodding, encouraging or talking with the speaker?
    • Social context - what kind of social situation was the recording made in? Was it inside a private house or out in public where everyone could hear what the speaker was saying?
    • Channel - This is only relevant if there are two or more people talking in the recording. Were they sitting face-to-face, or were they talking at a distance from each other, not looking at each other?
    • Recording equipment - the device(s) used to make the recording. Makes and model numbers of the equipment
    • Filetype - Is it an audio or video recording or a photograph?
    • File format - what extension does the file have (e.g. .mp3, .mp4, .mov)? If it’s an audio recording it needs to be an MP3. If it’s a video or image it could be several different formats.
    • File quality - Is it a high quality recording? Older recordings made on analogue tapes are often poor quality, with sound and image distortion. Modern digital recordings made with professional equipment may also be poor quality if there is a lot of background noise which drowns out the speaker’s voice.
    • Recording conditions - Was the recording made indoors or outdoors? If it was outdoors, what was the weather like?
    • Access rights - Who has the right to access the file? Some forms of speech like funeral rites or incantations should not be heard by everyone but only a select group of people.  If you’re going to make it public on Language Landscape, make sure that everyone is allowed access.
    • Consent file - If you have a consent form scanned in or a recording of someone giving their consent you can upload it here. This is not a requirement but we advise you to get the speaker’s consent before you put the recording online.

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