Lameta is a new metadata tool to help with organising collections of files. It is mainly aimed at collections made in the course of documenting language, music, and other cultural expressions.

Lameta greatly simplifies management of collections and makes the archiving process straightforward and painless for field workers.

Please cite Lameta as follows:

Hatton, John, Gary Holton, Mandana Seyfeddinipur, Nick Thieberger. 2021. Lameta [software]

Download lameta

The latest version can be downloaded here:

Click on the latest release and choose either the Windows or Mac version from the assets at the bottom of the page. The latest version might not be available for Mac, in this case, please check older releases for the Mac version.

How to use lameta

This video explains how to use lameta. Use the chapters to navigate to specific parts of the tutorial.


This helpsheet contains step-by-step instructions on using lameta.

This is a prefilled project to get you started. All fields provide instructions of what you need to put in them. If you are new to lameta:

  • download lameta

  • download this folder

  • open lameta

  • choose "Open Project" and select the .sprj file from the folder dummy_project

This is an example project for you to see what a filled in project might look like. It contains several sessions with rich metadata. If you are uncertain about what to put in some of the field this example project will hopefully provide some useful ideas. Open as described for the prefilled project.

Translate lameta

Help make lameta available in languages other than English by contributing to the lameta translation project!