Tools and methods for creating innovative e-dictionaries

Location: Central Hotel, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dates: 17-20 May 2016


  • University of Ljubljana (Centre for Language Resources and Technologies)
  • Trojina (Centre for Applied Linguistics)

In the context of ENeL Working Group 3 innovative dictionares are defined as digitally-born. This means that they no longer resemble traditional paper dictionaries but try to fully exploit the new possibilities of the digital medium using methods from computational linguistics. In this Training School participants will learn about tools and methods that are used to create innovative e-dictionaries. Participants will learn how to collect and analyse (corpus) data for a chosen language, automatically extract data using one of the available extraction procedures or applications, and how to edit and publish extracted data in one of the available (online) dictionary writing systems and/or publishing platforms. The programme includes both theoretical courses and hands-on sessions.


  • Introduction (presentation of different successful innovative e-dictionaries projects)
  • Corpus building (Corpus Query Systems, Web as Corpus)
  • Data modelling, automatic extraction procedures
  • Online publication and web design (Dictionary Writing Systems, online publication)


Presentations of participants
Presentations of projects involving innovative e-dictionaries
WednesdayCorpus buildingPractical corpus building session
ThursdayData modelling & Extraction of data from corpora (MWEs, GDEX, neologisms etc.)Practical data extraction session
FridayOnline publication & web designPresentation of results


  • Egon Stemle (WaC, corpus building) – EURAC, Italy
  • Miloš Jakubiček (corpus query system Sketch Engine, extraction) – LCL, Czech Republic
  • Simon Krek & Iztok Kosem (data modelling, extraction) – University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Carole Tiberius (data modelling, extraction) – Institute for Dutch Lexicology, the Netherlands
  • Michal Boleslav Měchura (dictionary writing system Lexonomy & online publication) – Dublin City University and Foras na Gaeilge, Ireland


We look forward to meeting you in Ljubljana!

There are many good accommodation options in the centre of Ljubljana, we list a selection of them below, most of them within a walking distance of the workshop venue. For the best deals, please check websites such as Trivago, Booking.com or Hotels.com; also, always check the homepage of the hotel for special deals.


Basic Hotels & Apartments (approx. 50 EUR per night)

Mid-range Hotels

Who can apply?

The training school is addressed to students, PhDs, Post-Docs, Early Stage Researchers and Advanced Researchers who want to take advantage of the innovative and interdisciplinary character of the school. We expect students of various backgrounds and especially those who are participating in or starting to participate in innovative e-dictionaries projects.

(NOTE: computers will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their laptops).


ECTs (European Credit Transfer) will be offered for a report that the participants will need to submit after the training school. The report will be graded by the training team.


To support their participation in the Training School, the applicants can be reimbursed according to the COST Action guidelines.

  • The final grant amount will be confirmed in due course, and will be an average of 500 €, depending on the country of the trainees and on budgetary considerations.
  • Prior to the Training School, each trainee will receive a grant letter stipulating the fixed amount of his or her grant. The grant is intended to cover the majority of trainees’ travel, accommodation, and subsistence during the Training School.
  • Trainees will be required to pay for their own travel, accommodation, and subsistence prior to receiving their grant.

How to apply?

Applications should contain the following:

  1. A brief CV (with the indication of the date of receipt of the PhD or other higher degrees).
  2. A short motivation letter (not more than one page) describing your dictionary project, including a brief statement of how your contribution to your project may be enhanced by participation in the Training School.

If you are interested in participating, please send your application via e-mail to Tanneke Schoonheim (cost@inl.nl) and use the subject line: “Application COST Training School 2016”.

Deadline for application

The deadline for the submission of applications is 15 February 2016. The notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by 29 February 2016 at the latest.


Applications will be selected by a panel that consists of the following persons:

  • Tanneke Schoonheim, Short Term Scientific Mission Manager
  • Rute Costa, Training School Manager
  • Simon Krek, Chair of Working Group 3: Innovative e-dictionaries
  • Carole Tiberius, Vice-Chair of Working Group 3: Innovative e-dictionaries

The selection will be confirmed by the Management Committee.