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Crowdsourcing  (Quote)

Although there are already a lot of relevant linguistic data regarding the fields of investigation of VerbaAlpina (especially in atlases and dictionaries), it is an aim of the project to collect new data. By this new collection, (1) inconsistencies between the existing sources shall be evened out, (2) gaps or rather inaccuracies shall be disposed and (3) antiquated designations or rather devices shall be marked as such. However, the new collection of data shall not be carried out by the traditional methods of field research, but by the means that the social media offer us by now. The corresponding methods are often subsumed under the term crowdsourcing. The reference to the crowd can in some respects be misunderstood, not least because many associate arbitrariness, amateurishness and insufficient reliability with the term. The reservations are not completely unjustified as the corresponding methods are indeed directed at a vague and anonymous crowd of potential interested persons. Fundamental problems arise from two directions: 1) from the scientific provider of the project, 2) from the target group of the project, which can consist in linguistic laymen, but not necessarily need to do so. The offer has to be adequately 'visible' and attractive and the target group has to have sufficient linguistic competence and sufficient knowledge regarding the specific subject. There are different strategies to handle this. One can try for example to increase the offer's attractiveness by designing it in an entertaining way and with interfaces that have play character. The project alliance play4science). The competence can be judged by specific questions of knowledge, but it is unquestionably more reliable to get confirmed and validated the provided data by other speakers from the same places.

(auct. Thomas Krefeld | Stephan Lücke – trad. Susanne Oberholzer)

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Research Environment  (Quote)

The tasks and the performances of VerbaAlpina can be assigned to the following areas:
(1) documentation and diachronic analysis of the dialectal vocabulary, which is considered as characteristic in accordance with the onomasiological frame;
(2) cooperation with project partners for the mutual data exchange and data analysis;
(3) publication of the data stock, analytical texts and different material related to the project that is addressed partly to a specialist public, partly to the general public.
The functions (1) to (3) have already been activated with the first version 15/1 and are continuously extended. Two other functions are being prepared:
(4) data collection by means of crowdsourcing;
(5) installation of a research laboratory. VerbaAlpina has developed different geolinguistic tools: different cartographical depictions, levels of typification among other things. The research laboratory offers all interested users an individual use of these tools and the presentation of new, maybe also alternative analysis and results.

(auct. Thomas Krefeld – trad. Susanne Oberholzer)

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