National Infrastructure for Cultural History and Tradition Archives
- SAMLA will establish a national infrastructure for Norwegian intangible heritage from three tradition archives. These archives hold records of a diversity of cultural expressions and practises of both majority, minority and indigenous cultures in Norway, in the form of folktales, ballads, beliefs, food and craft traditions, life stories as well as descriptions of children's games.
- The material is valuable for research on everyday life and mentalities, attitudes and world views, and allows for the exploration of continuity and changes in cultural practices. The fundamental idea of SAMLA is in accordance with the FAIR principles, to make the data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.
- The three partner archives are: Norsk Folkeminnesamling, University of Oslo (NFS), Norsk etnologisk gransking, Stiftelsen Norsk Folkemuseum (NEG) and Etnofolkloristisk arkiv (EFA), University of Bergen. The partner archives will work as three physical nodes located in Oslo and Bergen.
- SAMLA will establish a digital database and an infrastructure that allows for advanced searches across archive institutions and types of material. The project also aims to coordinate this national infrastructure with corresponding digital infrastructures in Denmark, Iceland and Sweden, and with the European project Intelligent Search Engine for Belief Legends, ISEBEL. The e-infrastructure will be developed by the University of Bergen Library. The database will be openly accessible as a web-archive on the webpage samla.no.
- The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council