TLA software that has been specifically developed with the needs of language documentation teams in mind, implementing evolving standards in language documentation.

All tools can be downloaded from the TLA website.


Elan is a powerful tool for time aligned annotation of video or audio data.  A large portion of the data in the DoBeS archive has been annotated using this program.


Arbil is a new tool for the creation of a well-structured metadata catalogue suitable for archiving. It allows for metadata descriptions of single sessions to be entered and for the arrangement of these session in an archive tree.


Lamus is a tool for uploading data and metadata into the DoBes archive and for managing existing collections.


Lexus is a web-based lexicon tool.

More archiving tools can be found at the TLA webpages.
See also: Manuals and additional tools