What is your project about?
The aim of my project is to develop an explorative data visualization application in order to analyze and visualize regional language varieties and statistical differences in lexical uses of languages.
The project runs as a collaborative design study and focuses on the target group of mainly young researchers and students in the fields of linguistics, philology and humanities. Following a user-centric research approach allows the project to have a solid base of domain understanding, abstraction of the most meaningful tasks and application of effective visual encodings and algorithms. In order to implement this nested model, many interviews with multiple researchers are conducted as an iterative practice of evaluation.
The software architecture of the application will follow a decoupled service pattern separating data collection / curation, corpus access and frontend of the web application. Hence, a software architecture like that would offer the opportunity to reuse the application for different language sources and different corpus engines.
During the design, development and evaluation phases of this project, it is crucial to be in contact with relevant data sources and domain experts. Thus, having the opportunity to access the query mechanisms and the expertise of Real Academia Española (RAE) will be a tremendous gain for my project.