|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
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.
university or other institution. Some linguists have more than one
affiliation; put each on a separate line.
Go on to collection metadata.