Work-experience and Individual Research Projects

One of the most important things about preparing and organizing a research project the size and scale of the DMNES is recognizing that it is impossible for a single team of researchers to do all the work. As a result, from the beginning we have been keen on looking for ways that we can crowd-source information for the Dictionary — in much the same way that the OED and the DMLBS (in its early stages) had a crowd of source-readers who would go through specific books looking for relevant citations to words, in the future we hope to have a form on where anyone can submit information or citations or corrections, thus allowing us to have more than just a handful of editorial staff entering the data.

But we would also like to have a somewhat more formal means of taking advantage of outside volunteers, in the form of work-experience and individual research projects. We are very pleased to announce that in the last week we have taken on our first three such. Each of the individual projects has a clearly defined research or output goal, and the results of these projects will be collated in a series of DMNES Research Reports, which will be published on the main website. The three projects, and the people doing them, are:

  • Claudia Lewis: Medieval Translations of the Bible
  • Joshua Alfaro: The Spelling of Names in Vernacular Bibles
  • Jerimiah Bergstrom: Arthurian Names in Chrestien de Troyes and Mallory.

If you, or one of your students, would be interested in doing a similar work-experience or individual research project with the Dictionary, we have many projects of different types and sizes available, and are also interested in proposals. Please contact for more information or to volunteer.

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