The project of digitizing the original paper file card archives of Finnish dialects (located in the Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies) has been going on first 2000–2004 (directed by doc. Kaisu Juusela) and then again 2008–2010 (directed by Mari Siiroinen).
The original paper archives The Morphology Archives of Finnish Dialects consist of about 500,000 paper file cards containing transcribed sentences of spontaneous dialectal speech. The data has been morphologically encoded with 897 different codes. The cod-ing has been done e.g. for types of inflection and inflectional affixes, word formation, and sound changes in word stems. The paper archives are arranged on the basis of these codes.
The data has been gathered by linguistically trained field-workers. The data gathering was accomplished during a 30-year period (from the 1960s to the 1990s). All the data is derived from spoken language.
The purpose of the Morphology Archives of Finnish Dialects has been to facilitate re-search on the rich morphology of Finnish and to provide researchers with well-organised data on the dialects of different parishes. The Archives cover all the Finnish dialects quite well since it consists of 160 parish collections equally distributed among Finnish dialects. The archive collections have served as data sources for over 300 printed publications or theses.
The digitizing project has created the Digital Morphological Archives of Finnish Dialects (DMA). DMA is a digital data base containing 362,388 morphologically coded dialectal clauses from 160 parish dialects of Finnish. In the parish collections, which are coded thoroughly, each clause has been assigned from 5 to 10 morphological codes.
An internet search facility developed jointly with the Finnish IT Centre for Science (CSC) allows quick and straightforward searches both from the entire material and from individual parishes or dialect areas. Digital Morphology Archives (DMA) is easily accessible via the internet.