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Comparative data prepared on another computer can usually be imported into Wordcorr. So far we have means of bringing data in from
  • other Wordcorr users, or your own Wordcorr backup files
  • spreadsheets
  • WordSurv and PalmSurv

Import from Wordcorr: When a colleague or teacher emails you one of their Wordcorr export files, if the name doesn't conflict with any of your file names, put it in the same folder where you keep your own export files. If the name conflicts, store it temporarily somewhere else, rename it by prefixing the originator's initials or Creator ID and a hyphen, then move to your working folder. Use File | Import XML. It doesn't matter if the file is compressed (.zip) or not (.xml).

Import from spreadsheet: On the Files page of Wordcorr's SourceForge section there is a group of files called Utilities. Download the Spreadsheet Utility developed by Maria Faehndrich. This uses the Python scripting language, so you might want to bring someone who knows Python into the picture to help. It has to be done just once.

 You transfer your data to Wordcorr's spreadsheet template, following the pattern in the example. You fill in any metadata that are missing. Then you save the results as a Unicode UTF-8 tab-delimited CSV text file, and give that file to the Python script. What comes out is an XML file that can be imported into Wordcorr exactly as if it were a Wordcorr export file.

Older spreadsheet programs don't handle Unicode. Another Python utility is set up to do this, but you will probably have to go over it with your Python-speaking friends to get the details right for your data.

Import from WordSurv, original format: The early versions of WordSurv put several kinds of information on a single line, distinguished only by their position in the line. Import WordSurv on the File menu handles this format directly.

Import from WordSurv, revised format, and from PalmSurv: Later versions of WordSurv put each kind of information on a separate line, preceded by a tag like "\i ". PalmSurv developed a variant of WordSurv that handles IPA and does it on a Palm pocket computer for use on field trips. They stepped into the gap with the PalmSurv Converter, which changes both WordSurv 2.5 files (the revised format) and PalmSurv XML files into Wordcorr XML.

Other: If you have comparative data in some computer format we don't know about, there are two strategies you can take to get them into Wordcorr:

  • Morph your data into a spreadsheet, then use Spreadsheet Utility,
  • Get your Python-speaking friends to adapt the logic of the Python script to your data.

If it works, let's make arrangement to share it with the rest of the Wordcorr community.

When you share a data collection with another linguist via the Internet, or when you send a collection to your linguistics students for them to analyze, you export the collection and they import it. The collection goes out with its creator's ID prefixed to the collection name, like JG-SulSel12.

They will build up their own views to make precise how they analyze the data in the collection. So when they send their work back to you for dialogue (or evaluation), it still carries the same creator's ID, but it contains more than you sent out, so it's an expanded version.

You may want to ask people who work with your collection to prefix their ID to your ID, like MF-JG-SulSel12, MF's reworking of JG's collection. Then when they send back to you what they've done, there will be no confusion.

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