A new web interface to facilitate access to corpora: development of the ASLLRP data access interface
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Citation (published version)Carol Neidle, Christian Vogler. 2012. "A New Web Interface to Facilitate Access to Corpora: Development of the ASLLRP Data Access Interface." Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Interactions between Corpus and Lexicon. 5th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Interactions between Corpus and Lexicon. Istanbul, Turkey, 2012-05-27 - 2012-05-27.
A significant obstacle to broad utilization of corpora is the difficulty in gaining access to the specific subsets of data and annotations that may be relevant for particular types of research. With that in mind, we have developed a web-based Data Access Interface (DAI), to provide access to the expanding datasets of the American Sign Language Linguistic Research Project (ASLLRP). The DAI facilitates browsing the corpora, viewing videos and annotations, searching for phenomena of interest, and downloading selected materials from the website. The web interface, compared to providing videos and annotation files off-line, also greatly increases access by people that have no prior experience in working with linguistic annotation tools, and it opens the door to integrating the data with third-party applications on the desktop and in the mobile space. In this paper we give an overview of the available videos, annotations, and search functionality of the DAI, as well as plans for future enhancements. We also summarize best practices and key lessons learned that are crucial to the success of similar projects.