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The approach to digitization and experience with working with complex database systems and digital editing platform in the Norsk Ordbok [Beitrag zum Workshop Künftige Standards wissenschaftlicher Lexikographie, 25.-27. März 2012, Berlin]

  • Norsk Ordbok is a 12 volume academic dictionary covering Norwegian Nynorsk literature and all Norwegian dialects from 1600 to the present. The dictionary is to be completed in 2014, the year of the bicentenary of the Norwegian constitution. The collection of data started in 1930 and the editing of the dictionary started in 1946. In the 1990s the Norwegian language collections were digitized, and from 2002 onwards Norsk Ordbok has been edited on a digital platform which communicates with a system of relational databases for manuscript storage. These databases include digitized slip archives, a draft manuscript from 1940, glossaries from the period between 1600 and 1850, canonical dictionaries from the period 1870-1910, bibliography, local dictionaries, text corpus (90 mill. words) etc. The source material is linked together in a Meta dictionary (MD). The MD is an electronic index with headwords in standard spelling, and it represents the hub of the language collections, where the source material from the databases is linked to headword nodes. This MD in turn communicates with the editing system and the dictionary database. The electronic linking up of the source material with the dictionary entries secures that the interpretation of data and product of scientific research can be reproducible in a very easy way. This is important to a scholarly dictionary. Further, the MD index system enables us to set a relative dimension for each dictionary entry and to make a master plan for setting alphabet dimensions for the whole dictionary. This is important to all modern dictionary projects with limited resources. The digitized source material, the digital editing platform and the digital dictionary product also point forward to new ways of presenting the data, and they point forward to future lexicographical research. The paper will present the digital resources of the Norsk Ordbok 2014 project, developed in close cooperation with the scientific programmers at the Unit of Digital Documentation at the University of Oslo. It will focus on the Norsk Ordbok 2014 experience with working on a fully digitized editing platform for the last 10 years, and it will also comment briefly on how the developed tools and resources point forward into Norwegian lexicography in the future.

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Author:Åse Wetås
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Date of Publication (online):2013/04/10
Release Date:2013/04/10
Tag:Norwegian; digital editing platform; digitization; historical lexicography
GND Keyword:Computerunterstützte Lexikographie; Historische Lexikographie; Norwegisch; Redaktionssystem; Digitalisierung
Institutes:BBAW / Akademienvorhaben Deutsches Wörterbuch von Jacob Grimm und Wilhelm Grimm
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Schriftenreihen in Einzelbeiträgen:BBAW / Konferenzen, Tagungen, Workshops / Künftige Standards wissenschaftlicher Lexikographie, 25.-27. März 2012, Berlin (Workshop)