Lexicon Enhancement via the GOLD Ontology

Lexicon Enhancement via the GOLD Ontology (LEGO) is a project funded by the National Science Foundation (BCS-0753321) to establish tools and standards to facilitate the sharing and interoperation of lexical data. It is implemented jointly by The LINGUIST List (currently located at the Department of Linguistics at Indiana University, previously at Eastern Michigan University) and The University at Buffalo.

As an infrastructure project, we are primarily interested in allowing existing lexical data to be included in our datanet and promoting standards to allow others to construct comparable datanets, if they so wish. In order to develop this infrastructure, we have converted a number of legacy resources which have allowed us to test our approach, but we have not engaged in collecting new lexical data, nor have we tried augment the information found in these materials beyond what has been needed to achieve interoperation. In some cases, this may result in omission of important information in the lexical resources found in our datanet or the inclusion of erroneous data. In cases where such problems reflect infelicities found in the original data source, attempting to correct them was considered beyond the scope of the project. In some cases, additional problems with the data may have been introduced by our conversion processes--a familiar problem when dealing with legacy materials. We have tried to put in place procedures to minimize these, but some certainly remain.

Nevertheless, we would like the information in our datanet to be as accurate as possible, and we will do our best to publish any updates or corrections that are made available to us. If these are given to us using standardized LEGO formats, we should be able to make them relatively quickly. If not, we will make them as time allows.

By default, all the lexicons added to the database after February 2015 are covered by the following Creative Commons license: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0, see the full license).
Lexicons added to the database before March 2015 are covered by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike license (CC BY-NC-SA, see the full license).

Lexicons with a specific license are marked and a license text (link) is provided with the lexicon information.

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