Exploring austria’s culture through the language glass


The texture of the German language is rich, especially in Austria. Through a citizen science approach ExploreAT will enlarge the unique collection of Bavarian Dialects.

citizen science, lexicography, participation

Melanie Seltmann, Amelie Dorn, Eveline Wandl-Vogt, Roberto Therón, Alexander O'Connor, Barbara Kieslinger


This project aims to reveal unique insights into the rich texture of the German Language, especially in Austria, by providing state of the art tools for exploring the unique collection (1911-1998) of the Bavarian Dialects in the region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This corpus is large and rich, estimated to contain 200,000 headwords in estimated 4 Million records. The collection includes a five-volume dictionary of about 50,000 headwords, covering a period from the beginning of German language until the present (DBÖWBÖ).

In order to create enduring value from this resource, the project will apply open science and citizen science techniques to improve access and to leverage the crowd’s wisdom. The engagement of users with the system will be the subject for mind-brain studies, and the results and records will be enriched and interlinked using the best practices of semantic content publishing of Linked Open Data on the Web of Data.

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