Lexical Database Archiving Questionnaire

Hugh Paterson III hugh_paterson at SIL.ORG
Tue Dec 10 01:02:07 UTC 2013

In early 2013 the SIL Language and Culture Archive looked at content submitted during 2012.  One interesting thing Hugh and Jeremy noted was that during 2012 only 4 FLEx databases were archived (in addition to about 6 ToolBox databases).

We have a nagging question: is this normal (that so few lexical database users archive their data), or are there really this few creators of lexical databases? To this end Hugh Paterson has put together a short survey (4-ish simple questions - requires about 3 minutes). It is available online here: http://bit.ly/19QSPMb

We are particularly expecting responses from people who work with minority languages but all lexicographic database users are open to respond to the questionnaire.

==== Low Bandwidth? ====

For those in a bandwidth restricted situation feel free to reply to the questions below with answers to: Hugh_Paterson [ at ] sil.org

Four questions: 

 1. Are you using FLEx or ToolBox and which version are you using?:
2. What is the ISO 639-3 code of the language you are using it with (analyzing/investigating)?:

3. Have you ever archived a version of your current Lexical Database at an official archive? (An archive like SIL's L & CA -REAP-, or SOAS's ELAR, or MPI's TLA, or PARADISEC. - Though it doesn't have to be one of these four. ) - Yes / No:

4: Have you ever produced a Print or Digital Publication from your Lexical data (like a Glossary or a Dictionary)? if so we would like to hear about it, got a link or a citation?:


One entry per language. If you work with more than one language, feel free to submit one answer per language or add a comment to that effect with a list of the ISO 639-3 codes or language names.

Personal details (email address and name) will be kept confidential, other data and generalizations of trends may be published. (Hugh and Jeremy did present a poster at ICLDC3 see it here: http://bit.ly/UOJ6UI )

Thank you for the work you do and the effort you make to serve speakers of minority languages.

- Hugh Paterson
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