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The dynamics outside the paper: user contributions to online dictionaries

Abel, Andrea and Meyer, Christian M.
Kosem, Iztok and Kallas, Jelena and Gantar, Polona and Krek, Simon and Langemets, Margit and Tuulik, Maria (eds.) (2013):
The dynamics outside the paper: user contributions to online dictionaries.
In: Proceedings of the 3rd Biennial Conference on Electronic Lexicography (eLex), Ljubljana: Trojina, Institute for Applied Slovene Studies/Tallinn: Eesti Keele Instituut, Tallinn, Estonia, [Online-Edition: http://eki.ee/elex2013/proceedings/eLex2013_13_Abel+Meyer.pd...],
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Abstract

Online dictionaries rely increasingly on their users and leverage methods for facilitating user contributions at basically any step of the lexicographic process. In this paper, we propose a novel classification of the different types of user contributions, which have not been systematically studied so far. With the help of many practical examples, we discuss three major types of user contributions and discuss multiple forms and implementations of them: (i) Direct user contributions, which comprise dictionary articles written entirely or partly by users in a collaborative effort; (ii) Indirect user contributions, which occur in different forms of explicit feedback (e.g., by e-mail or web forms) and implicit feedback through log file analysis or external user-generated content; (iii) Accessory user contributions, which go beyond the dictionary content by initiating an exchange either between the dictionary makers and their users or among the users themselves. We argue that the ease of communication and collaboration between dictionary makers and users has enormous potential, not only for keeping the dictionary up to date and of high quality, but also for developing improved, user-adapted views of, and access to, the contents of a dictionary. Studying the different types of user contribution is crucial for effectively planning online dictionaries and for future research on electronic lexicography.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2013
Editors: Kosem, Iztok and Kallas, Jelena and Gantar, Polona and Krek, Simon and Langemets, Margit and Tuulik, Maria
Creators: Abel, Andrea and Meyer, Christian M.
Title: The dynamics outside the paper: user contributions to online dictionaries
Language: English
Abstract:

Online dictionaries rely increasingly on their users and leverage methods for facilitating user contributions at basically any step of the lexicographic process. In this paper, we propose a novel classification of the different types of user contributions, which have not been systematically studied so far. With the help of many practical examples, we discuss three major types of user contributions and discuss multiple forms and implementations of them: (i) Direct user contributions, which comprise dictionary articles written entirely or partly by users in a collaborative effort; (ii) Indirect user contributions, which occur in different forms of explicit feedback (e.g., by e-mail or web forms) and implicit feedback through log file analysis or external user-generated content; (iii) Accessory user contributions, which go beyond the dictionary content by initiating an exchange either between the dictionary makers and their users or among the users themselves. We argue that the ease of communication and collaboration between dictionary makers and users has enormous potential, not only for keeping the dictionary up to date and of high quality, but also for developing improved, user-adapted views of, and access to, the contents of a dictionary. Studying the different types of user contribution is crucial for effectively planning online dictionaries and for future research on electronic lexicography.

Title of Book: Proceedings of the 3rd Biennial Conference on Electronic Lexicography (eLex)
Publisher: Ljubljana: Trojina, Institute for Applied Slovene Studies/Tallinn: Eesti Keele Instituut
Uncontrolled Keywords: UKP_p_EduWeb;UKP_a_NLP4Wikis;reviewed;UKP_a_WALL
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing
Event Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2016 14:29
Official URL: http://eki.ee/elex2013/proceedings/eLex2013_13_Abel+Meyer.pd...
Identification Number: TUD-CS-2013-0225
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