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User metadata is the kind of information about you that you would normally include in a publication anyway. Journals like Language request your full name, your institutional affiliation or affiliations, and a postal or email address. Wordcorr stores the same things, but needs only the email address because your communication with your colleagues (or your students, in the case of linguistics teaching) will be mainly via email.

Personal identifier. When set up Wordcorr, it asks you for a short uppercase identifier such as your initials, like "JG."

Later you may register with the Wordcorr community (which you do through the Wordcorr Help facility, because it's a community of people who actually use Wordcorr). Wordcorr looks that up in the very simple community database, because if somebody else is already using that identifier, you'll have to try another one. Since no two Wordcorr users can have the same identifier, it's possible to use it to distinguish different people's data collections even if their creators give them the same name.

If you need to change your original tentative identifier because it's already taken, you should change the identifier in Wordcorr itself by editing its User panel.

Your name is split into your family names, with the first one used for alphabetizing, and your given names or first name and initial. Different cultures have different approaches to naming; but if you think first about how you want people to find you in a bibliographical listing, you can adapt the structure of your name to what we're calling family names and given names to make sure it ends up looking right.

Your email. For email addresses, if you have several as many people do, give the one that is most likely to still be in use ten years from now. Off-the-cuff Web-only addresses like the ones often given out by Yahoo or Hotmail usually get changed or dropped more quickly than university or institutional addresses.

Affiliation. Your university or other institution. Some linguists have more than one affiliation; put each on a separate line.

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