Saturday, May 28, 2011

ELAN Workshop

Sunday morning, May 22nd
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
SAC 1011

ELAN (EUDICO Linguistic Annotator) is a time-alignable video/audio annotation tool that can be used with different transcription systems with different analytical goals (i.e., from phonetics to discourse, from linguistic to anthropological). 

On Sunday morning (the 22nd of May), Julie Hochgesang will be providing a brief workshop introducing the use of ELAN to sign language researchers. This workshop assumes that participants have had no prior experience with ELAN and will provide step-by-step guidance to creating a transcription file connected to a video clip. This workshop will start with a brief lecture/demonstration (20-30 minutes). Then for the rest of the morning, participants will practice on their own (or with a partner if they have no computer) with guided tasks. 

At the end of this workshop, participants will have received a basic introduction to ELAN. Specifically, they will...
1) Know how to create an annotation file (.eaf) 
2) Be able to create annotations in ELAN
3) Be able to navigate ELAN
4) Learn how ELAN can benefit their work
5) Get a "quick guide" manual to ELAN (available digitally) 

It is strongly recommended that...
* People bring their own laptops along with digitized movies on their desktops. Additional computers or video data will not be made available.

* Participants download ELAN on their computers prior to the workshop. ELAN is free and available online at ELAN works on Mac, PC, and Linux. 

For participants who already have mastered basic use of ELAN, there will be an opportunity for people to meet and discuss "best practices" of ELAN (this can include template sharing, a discussion of unknown/new features, and tips on layered searching). This can occur in a separate area of the room or during lunch afterwards, depending on the wishes on the participants.