What next?

We’ve hit our biggest milestone, but rather than sitting on our laurels, we’re already looking to the future. Here’s a brief summary of some of our plans.

We will be publishing new editions on a quarterly basis, to begin with, so the next edition is planned for July 2015. The List of Entries page will now reflect new entries to be published in the next edition. In addition to having more entries and more citations, what else are we planning for future editions?

  • Search: This is the biggest level of functionality that we don’t yet have. We will be adding search tools that search (a) header forms; (b) citations; (c) full text; (d) any combination of these; and these tools can be used with limitation functions, e.g., search only a certain gender, time period, geographic location.
  • Hebrew and Arabic scripts: Despite all of our pre-testing, we’ve discovered that the Hebrew, Arabic, and Aramaic scripts are showing up in reversed order. We will have this fixed by the next edition at the latest.
  • Maps: We are already in contact with a GIS specialist who will help put together maps for each entry, showing where a name was used over both time and place.
  • Requested entries: We are happy to take requests for new entries, if there is a particular name you are looking for that is not yet included. You will then be alerted when the relevant entry is published or updated in a future edition.
  • Mobile optimisation: Right now, we’ve done no optimisation for mobile browsing; our primary goal was to get a computer-browser appropriate version up and running. But while the site doesn’t look bad on the few mobiles we’ve tried, there are a few simple things we can implement to improve things.

We have other bells and whistles planned (browsable categories, timelines, toggle between sort-by-date, sort-by-name, and sort-by-country), but they will be rolled out over the longer term. We are also interested in hearing from our users: What would you find useful? what would you find interesting? What would you find necessary? Let us know, either via a comment here or via email to eic@dmnes.org.

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7 responses to “What next?

  1. lucubratrix

    I am excitedly looking forward to the name Jolyon, if it should make an appearance!

  2. Winter

    I am curious about Evochilde and Marcovefa. If you come across them, I’d thrilled to read your work up on them.

  3. Gendreau-Hétu, Pierre

    The Anglo-Norman Conquest came with a name that settled in England as (Fitz)Stur. The name STUR evolved and became STURE/STEER, migrating mainly from the Isle of Wight where the FitzSturs were major landholders The name was originally Norman, and ESTUR and ETUR are still witnessed in Normandy (and Quebec, in much greater numbers). The name is also documented in the Channel Islands (Le Bel Estur street in Jersey, for instance). The Norman onomastics specialist Audigard des Gautries attributes a Norse origin to the name. One can therefore guess that the Swedish name STURE is linguistically related and might actually be a second source for the name in England through settlements by Danes or Norwegians. You will probbaly agree that such a multinational (French/English/Norse) European name deserves the attention of a dictionary like yours. I wish you all the best with your beautuful project.

  4. Gendreau-Hétu, Pierre

    Sorry for the lapsus… I obviously meant ‘Norman’ without ‘Anglo’. (Some phrases just pop up on their own!)

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