[Humanist] 28.820 LEME data: accessibility?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sun Mar 15 08:24:12 CET 2015

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 820.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2015 11:17:38 +0000
        From: Martin Mueller <martinmueller at northwestern.edu>
        Subject: Re:  28.817 Lexicons of Early Modern English
        In-Reply-To: <20150314073511.AC1ABC32 at digitalhumanities.org>

It is nice to know that the LEME has even more data, and it is indeed a
wonderful data set. But the last time I looked, the data were accessible
only through the vendor's interface. This is very different from the
practice of EEBO-TCP, where you can buy the right to access and use the
data in any way you please as long as you don't pass the raw data on to
others who have not paid for them.

Are there plans to make the raw LEME data available to folks who are
willing to pay for them? Obviously, free data are better than data you
have to pay for, but there is no free lunch, and this is not a call for a
"free" LEME in the cash sense of the world. On the other hand, however
good an interface, it will always constrain, and seriously constrain, what
you can do with the data behind it. It is of the essence of useful data
that somebody will do things with them that the original compiler or
curator had no idea of. So it ought to be possible for scholars to get
unconstrained access to the underlying data.

I would be delighted to be told that I'm quite wrong and such access is
available. But if I'm not wrong, what are the obstacles to making the data
available in a way that is not constrained by the current interface?

Martin Mueller
Professor emeritus of English and Classics
Northwestern University

On 3/14/15, 08:35, "Humanist Discussion Group"
<willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk> wrote:

>                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 817.
>            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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>        Date: Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:18:56 +0000
>        From: UTP Journals <thawkic551 at rogers.com>
>        Subject: Lexicons of Early Modern English now includes over
>713,000 word-entries!
>Lexicons of Early Modern English now includes over 713,000 word-entries!
>Lexicons of Early Modern English is a growing historical database
>offering scholars unprecedented access to early books and manuscripts
>documenting the growth and development of the English language.
>With the recent additions of the immense Latin-English text, Ortus
>Vocabulorum, White Kennett's very detailed etymological work, Parochial
>Antiquities (1695), and Nathan Bailey's 900-page Universal Etymological
>English Dictionary (1737), this incredible resource now boasts more than
>713,000 word entries! The addition of Ortus Vocabulorum completes LEME¹s
>series of the four large Latin and English dictionaries in manuscript and
>print at the end of the fifteenth century (Promptorium
>Parvulorum, http://leme.library.utoronto.ca/lexicons/record.cfm?id=26
>Anglicum http://leme.library.utoronto.ca/lexicons/record.cfm?id=21 ,
>Grammatice http://leme.library.utoronto.ca/lexicons/record.cfm?id=537  in
>Pepys MS 2002, and Ortus).
>Recently added to Lexicons of Early Modern English - http://bit.ly/_leme
>·         Nathan Bailey, Universal Etymological English Dictionary (1737)
>·         White Kennett, Parochial Antiquities
>(1695) http://leme.library.utoronto.ca/lexicons/record.cfm?id=684
>·         Ortus Vocabulorum
>(1500) http://leme.library.utoronto.ca/lexicons/record.cfm?id=35
>Coming soon to LEME
>·         Henry Hexham, A Copious English and Netherdutch Dictionary
>·         Richard Hogarth, Gazophylacium Anglicanum (1689)
>Use Modern Techniques to Research Early Modern English!
>203 searchable lexicons
>152 fully analyzed lexicons
>713,402 total word entries
>493,827 fully analyzed word entries
>60,891 total English modern headwords
>LEME sets the standard for modern linguistic research on the English
>language. LEME provides researchers with more than 710,000 word-entries
>from 203 monolingual, bilingual, and polyglot dictionaries, lexical
>encyclopedias, hard-word glossaries, spelling lists, and
>lexically-valuable treatises surviving in print or manuscript from the
>Tudor, Stuart, Caroline, Commonwealth, and Restoration periods.
>LEME provides exciting opportunities for research for historians of the
>English language. More than a half-million word-entries devised by
>contemporary speakers of early modern English describe the meaning of
>words, and their equivalents in languages such as French, Italian,
>Spanish, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and other tongues encountered then in
>Europe, America, and Asia.
>For a partial bibliography of publications that employ
>LEME http://bit.ly/_leme , see here http://bit.ly/lemebiblio  ­
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