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Database of Arabic Dialects

Programmer's Readme

The Database of Arabic dialects (ضاد) is a Django-driven website built on an extremely flexible database structure that allows for a wide variety of linguistic data. The underlying database structure, as well as the Django views, could be used for almost any language in which there is a need to compare a large number of different lects. Modification would need to be made to some of the webpages and source, but could be completed fairly quickly. All of the code is made available via a GPL license.

State of the project

As of 6/26/2015

This is a working, usable version of the website and database that is also in need of significant bug elimination work and addition of new features. Users who are not logged in can visualize public data in a variety of ways. Users who are logged in can enter data, but for the current phase of the project access to data entry will be heavily restricted while bugs and workflow slowdowns are determined and repaired.

Contributing to the project

There are two primary ways contributors can assist the project at the moment. The first is to submit data, whether via the website or by submitting a CSV type file, and to test data entry and data visualization components. The second is to contribute code, whether python/django, HTML/CSS or Javascript.

Data contributions

Data contributors are needed for two main purposes: Ensuring that the database structure is robust enough to handle a wide variety of of data, and to help provide specifications for useful website views. The flexibility in the database and website is meant to be user driven, and so data contributors should work with code contributors to ensure that they can input and access their data in a meaningful way.

All data has permissions attached to it - currently contributors can choose to have their data as public, public with no export allowed, or entirely private. The no export option does not, however, protect against someone simply cut and pasting form the website.

One thing we ask of contributors if they are submitting CSV type data is to align their dialect and bibliographical information with what is currently in the database, though we can certainly add more. However, that step can be time consuming so we would prefer if it fell on data contributors rather than developers.

Code contributions

Until now, this project has been developed almost entirely by Alexander Magidow of the University of Rhode Island. His skills are primarily in Python and Django, not as much in HTML/Javascript/Jquery, so contributions in those areas are particularly appreciated. The todo file in this directory will list tasks that need to be done and for which contributions would be appreciated. Code commenting and documentation is ongoing as of 6/26/2015, so please excuse the mess.

Currently contributions are only accepted by official collaborators. Please contact lead developer Alex Magidow (amagidow AT gmail DOT com) to be added as a collaborator.


Django project to allow for documentation (input and displaty) of linguistic forms in dialects or closely related languages.







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