3D: A Hybrid Miniconference
A small number of software tools are commonly used in language documentation and related fields, but those tools were not designed with interoperability in mind. What’s more, the actual day-to-day practice of documentary linguists involve many workflows that are not supported by our current tool set.
In this hybrid mini-conference, we will come together to discuss our ideas for new user interfaces in language documentation in a “blue-sky” style: what could we build to help make our workflows more efficient?
The idea is to encourage creativity, and to emphasize the fact that designing (and ultimately implementing) new user interfaces for language documentation is feasible, worth the trouble, and even fun!
This is a hybrid conference:
|Presentations at Yale (and Zoom) Students at Yale, presenting ongoing design-to-implementation work on a variety of languages and workflows.|
|Zoom lightning talks: lightning talks (5-10 minutes) where docling forum members present their back-of-the-envelope design ideas. Each presentation will also have a topic thread for further asynchronous discussion.|
|Group Discussion: Presentations will be followed by a Zoom discussion|
We realize a month is not a huge amount of time to get a presentation together, but we also want to emphasize that this is all informal and intended to encourage discussion. It shouldn’t take more than an hour or so to think through some of the documentation workflows you have been using (keep the scope simple!), and to imagine what a user interface might look like to help expedite that process.
You can either draw your design on paper and upload it here, or use a graphics tool (I like excalidraw) to create your back-of-the-envelope sketch. (I’ll seed the discussion with some examples below. Please feel free to ask questions in this thread!)
This is a bit seat-of-the-pants, let’s give it a try and see what happens. Looking forward to hearing from you all!