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Cloud Computing for Linguists

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Executive Summary

The system presented is a web application designed to aid linguistic research with data collection and online publishing. It is a service mainly for linguists and language experts working with language description of less-documented and less-resourced languages. When the central concern is in-depth linguistic analysis, maintaining and administering software can be a burden. Cloud computing offers an alternative. At present mainly used for archiving, the authors extend linguistic web applications to allow creation, search and storage of interlinear annotated texts. By combining a conceptually appealing online glosser with an SQL database and a wiki, the authors make the online publication of linguistic data an easy task also for non-computationally oriented researchers.

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