From VinKo to AlpiLinK: web-based long-term storage and accessibility of information



In this talk, we will discuss challenges, solutions and open questions connected with the reusability and therefore persistence of web-based research from the perspective of the AlpiLinK project (Rabanus et al. 2022ff). AlpiLinK (Alpine Languages in Contact, <>, a ‘project of relevant national interest’ [PRIN] financed by the Italian Research Ministry) aims at the collection of oral linguistic data from the Germanic and Romance non-standard and minority languages spoken in alpine Italy. It collects its data online and intends to provide easy access to the collected data and to basic information regarding the varieties and the project itself not just for an academic audience, but also for a general public, including but not limited to the local speech communities (e.g., public-outreach activities involving local high schools like VinKiamo <>).

While most of the publication of the scientific results continue to be paper based or in e-journals with paper-like procedures and standards, long-term storage and accessibility of online data and information for the general public is still in its infancy. AlpiLinK aims to maximize the probability of survival of its data by ensuring the data is stored in a structured format, which is machine- and human-readable, in a CLARIN repository similar to related datasets, e.g. VinKo (Rabanus et al. 2022), and AThEME (Tomaselli et al. 2022). However, the permanent accessibility of the additional information – web pages with sometimes detailed, multimodal and even interactive speech-variety profiles, comparisons of linguistic features across language borders and language change descriptions – remains a challenge.

This became especially evident in the transition from our previous VinKo project to AlpiLinK. While all data is securely stored in the above-quoted repository, it is an open question how long the alternative data representation via an interactive map (much appreciated by the general public) can be held operative, and all additional information from the pages of the old deactivated VinKo website are no longer accessible.


  • Rabanus/Kruijt/Alber/Bidese/Gaeta/Raimondi 2023 = Rabanus, Stefan / Kruijt, Anne / Alber, Birgit / Bidese, Ermenegildo / Gaeta, Livio / Raimondi, Gianmario (2023): AlpiLinK. German-Romance language contact in the Italian Alps: documentation, explanation, participation. In collaboration with Paolo Benedetto Mas, Sabrina Bertollo, Jan Casalicchio, Raffaele Cioffi, Patrizia Cordin, Michele Cosentino, Silvia dal Negro, Alexander Glück, Joachim Kokkelmans, Andriano Murelli, Andrea Padovan, Aline Pons, Matteo Rivoira, Marta Tagliani, Caterina Saracco, Emily Siviero, Alessandra Tomaselli, Ruth Videsott, Alessandro Vietti & Barbara Vogt. (Link).
  • Rabanus/Kruijt/Tagliani/Tomaselli/Padovan/Alber/Cordin/Zamparelli/Vogt 2022 = Rabanus, Stefan / Kruijt, Anne / Tagliani, Marta / Tomaselli, Alessandra / Padovan, Andrea / Alber, Birgit / Cordin, Patrizia / Zamparelli, Roberto / Vogt, Barbara Maria (2022): VinKo (Varieties in Contact) Corpus v1.1, University of Verona, Eurac Research CLARIN Centre (Link).
  • Tomaselli/Kruijt/Alber/Bidese/Casalicchio/Cordin/Kokkelmans/Padovan/Rabanus/Zuin 2022 = Tomaselli, Alessandra / Kruijt, Anne / Alber, Birgit / Bidese, Ermenegildo / Casalicchio, Jan / Cordin, Patrizia / Kokkelmans, Joachim / Padovan, Andrea / Rabanus, Stefan / Zuin, Francesco (2022): AThEME Verona-Trento Corpus, Eurac Research CLARIN Centre (Link).

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