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Collection creator and collaborators

Module by: Joseph Grimes. E-mail the author

Summary: One person creates a collection. Others may collaborate on the data or the analysis. There are a number of roles different people may play.

Figure 1: Creator role and collaborators from the Collection panel of JG-SulSil12.
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In terms of internationally established metadata categories, you are the creator of any collection you initiate, and you are a collaborator on any collection that somebody else initiates and you contribute something to. Anybody else who contributes to your collection is a collaborator too. For example, if you make additions or corrections to the data in somebody else’s collection, or if you set up a separate view to do your own analysis, or modify an existing view, you are a collaborator.

Being a creator doesn’t necessarily mean you did all the field work or the analysis or paid the bills. There is a standard list of roles from which you can choose the role for the creator of a collection. I am the creator of JG-SulSel12 in the example, but my role as creator is “annotator” because I took data from a published source and reworked it to fit the form Wordcorr requires, though I did none of the field work. Yet if I hadn’t planned it all out and set it up, the Wordcorr collection wouldn’t exist. This particular work is my baby. I’m not an author of the work I took it from, though I got permission from the authors ahead of time to use their data in this way. Furthermore, in the collection’s metadata I give full information on the published source, so there is never any question about who did what.


The Dublin Core is the basic international schema for metadata on published works. OLAC (the Open Language Archives Consortium is an extension to the Dublin Core specifically for linguistics.

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