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Sharing. You can share your Wordcorr data and analyses with your colleagues. You share by
  1. exporting the current state of your collection using Export XML (which you do for backup anyway) or Export View XML (with only the current and Original views in it),
  2. emailing the file (which is compressed automatically) to your colleague, who does Import XML,
  3. waiting to see what new ideas come back to you.

Names. There's a problem with sharing data this way. If your collection has the same name as your friend's, somebody will probably get confused. How many Austronesianists do you suppose have an collection called Austronesian?

The solution for now is to prefix your initials (capital letters, no punctuation or space) and a hyphen to the short name of the collection in Wordcorr, and to the output file when you export it (like "JG-Mind5"). The short identifier helps avoid mixups. If two of you that are exchanging files have the same initials, figure out a compromise before you export.

We're still working on a way to get your metadata into the Open Language Archives Community (OLAC) automatically so that other people can search the OLAC repository to see if any of the speech varieties you're working on are of interest to them. When we get the system set up for you to register as a Wordcorr user, it will automatically check the initials you use against the list of registered Wordcorr  users. And if somebody has beaten you to it, you'll have a chance to change the short identifier you use.

When we began to design Wordcorr, we were thinking about inviting people to store all their data in a humongous common Web site. But that doesn't work for linguists in a field situation where there are no Internet connections.

We also saw how easy it would be to get collections mixed up. So we started looking at the file exchange model of data sharing that Napster pioneered. It fits a lot better than a centralized model.

With a centralized model, we'd need a staff to keep the center going. This way you, the user, are the one who keeps it going by exchanging data and analyses with your colleagues. That's safer and will stay in use longer.

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