An open standard for metadata interchange via hidden headers for computational and corpus linguistics.
Corpus researchers, along with many other disciplines in science are being put under continual pressure to show accountability and reproducibility in their work. This is unsurprisingly difficult when the researcher is faced with a wide array of methods and tools through which to do their work; simply tracking the operations done can be problematic, especially when toolchains are often configured by the developers, but left largely as a black box to the user. Here we present a scheme for encoding this `meta data' inside the corpus files themselves in a structured data format, along with a proof-of-concept tool to record the operations performed on a file.
We are currently working towards completing version 1.0.x, but the draft documentation is available here in LaTeX format in the
Active Draft/ folder.