What, When and How? – the Art of Updating an Online Dictionary

By November 23, 2016,
Page 138-145
Author Henrik Lorentzen, Lars Trap-Jensen
Title What, When and How? – the Art of Updating an Online Dictionary
Abstract Online dictionaries are not published in numbered editions and impressions which makes it difficult for users to know how old a particular entry is. As e-dictionaries grow older, the question of updating steadily becomes more pressing. Is everything up-to-date? If not, when was a particular entry composed, and when was it last revised? These are questions the users might ask themselves, and in this paper we deal with some of the aspects involved: what is most likely to change, when should revisions take place, and how can the staff keep track of entries in need of updating. The paper is based on experience from an online monolingual dictionary of Danish, but it is assumed that the problems and their solutions are independent of the particular project and language.
Session The Dictionary-Making Process
Keywords updating; revising; time aspect; diachronic lexicography; logistics
author={Henrik Lorentzen, Lars Trap-Jensen},
title={What, When and How? – the Art of Updating an Online Dictionary},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 17th EURALEX International Congress},
address={Tbilisi, Georgia},
editor={Tinatin Margalitadze, George Meladze},
publisher={Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi University Press},