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Field linguists have increasingly adopted the latest technologies and tools for language documentation. Their needs have led to remarkable developments in software and archiving, exemplified by work at the MPI in Nijmegen, which leads the innovation cycles that take place in the digital working environments of field linguists. The next step in research is now the analysis and theoretical exploitation of the huge amount of data that has been collected in numerous language documentation projects that use these environments. This research will also rely on computer-based strategies, as data is instantly available in digital formats.
In this talk I will introduce some of the lesser known tools and software packages for annotation and analysis tasks. Some of these tools were created within DOBES projects and/or as community projects by small teams; they can be combined with well-known tools like ELAN or Toolbox to give researchers access to their data. I will focus on how a combination of simple, special purpose tools makes researchers more productive and how existing software libraries allow scientific projects to create their own, task-specific software tools that they can tailor to their own needs.