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How we could “crowd”-source lexical data
WORDS can be maintained in conjunction with a web-based system for correcting and collecting lexical data; given an appropriate vetting system, a subset of the users of this system can be accredited as reliable Latin scholars, and their contributions adopted as part of the official dataset.
The web-based version of WORDS currently (August 2015) supplies a verbatim transcript of the output of the programme. It is proposed that this be augmented with the following facilities:
- allow users to suggest corrections
- allow users to add citations
- allow users to submit missing words
- provide web links to targeted search results for a particular word
- on the Web
- within our citations dataset
- suggest to a user
- a word in respect of which a citation is required
- a citation purportedly including a word currently lacking one
- allow a user to authenticate with a particular identity
- allow administrators to accredit known users as reliable
By “lexical item” we mean the collection of forms of a word, e.g., the lexical item mensa comprises the various forms mensam, mensae etc.
By “citation” we mean the tuple of a passage of text (thirty or forty words long) containing the lexical item, and a well-formed unique identifier for the passage.
There shall be a many-to-many relation between lexical items and citations.
It may be necessary to avoid circularity by excluding cited material from the test cases used to develop the programme itself.