I am asking around on different mailing lists to gain some insight into the archiving habits of linguists who use lexical databases. I am specifically interested in databases created by tools like FLEx, ToolBox, Lexus, TshwaneLex, etc.
Hugh Paterson III, in cooperation with Jeremy Nordmoe of the SIL Language and Culture Archive, is investigating the trend among lexical database users to archive their work. In their poster presented at ICLDC3, it was claimed that less than 1% of SIL projects archive lexical datasets. Hugh and Jeremy want to know if this is common among all lexical database users or just SIL users of FLEx & ToolBox.
Communities invited to participate
We are open to having more communities participate. So far we have posted notices on the following mailing lists:
|Community invited to participate||Date Sent|
|ANU Austronesian Mailing List||16. November 2013|
|Yahoo! Lexicography List||17. November 2013|
|RNLD list||18. November 2013|
|SIL-LDL||15. November 2013|
|SIL-Survey||15. November 2013|
|ALGONQUIANA on Linguist List||18. November 2013|
|ENDANGERED-LANGUAGES-L on Linguist List||18. November 2013|
|FLEx Users Group||25. November 2013|
|Various University of Oregon Linguistic Department lists||27. November 2013|
|SIL-UND FaceBook Page||28. November 2013|
|ToolBox Users Group||28. November 2013|
|lingtransoft||09. December 2013|
|SEALANG-L on Linguist List||09. December 2013|
|TIBETO-BURMAN-LINGUISTICS on Linguist List||09. December 2013|
|SALON||11. December 2013|
|Wycliffe Nigeria||12. December 2013|
|SIL Lexicography Service Group List||13. December 2013|
It would also be nice to contact archives like TLA, ELAR, AILLA, LACITO, and PARADISEC, to see if they can provide data for the lexical databases they do have. I am sure that such data would also help us understand more holistically the lexical database archiving trends. (Necessary data would be: Tool of database production i.e. FLEx, ToolBox, etc., Date of accession, Researcher/Creator, ISO 639-3 code of content language, Were there derivative published works? Y/N). More on engaging Archives here.
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Take the Questionnaire
It is an open questionnaire; anyone can fill it out. We plan on releasing more specific results (as appropriate) at a later time.
Questionnaire about Lexical Database Usage
In 2012, Hugh Paterson and Jeremy Nordmoe did their initial research on the success of RAMP. During that year only 10 Lexical database projects (4 FLEx, 6 ToolBox) had been submitted to the SIL Archive. (See link to research poster after submitting the questionnaire). We are looking to see if that is a trend among all Lexical Database users or just SIL users of FLEx & ToolBox.