The Lexicon’s First Birthday

Two weeks ago, on the 19th of November, the Lexicon of Scholarly Editing celebrated its first birthday. So I thought it would be the perfect time to evaluate the progress we’ve made in the past year.


As you can see on the Progress counter, the Lexicon now counts 618 definitions, taken from 64 different sources, spread out over a total of 351 entries. Of those 618 definitions, 430 are written in English, 128 are in French, 59 in German, and 1 in Italian:

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On the 19th, in honor of the Lexicon’s birthday, I made a word cloud out of the definitions of each of the languages in the corpus, using Voyant:

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(click on the images to see them in more detail)


Since September, the Lexicon has also welcomed its first two contributors: Frederike Neuber, a DiXiT fellow who is based at the Centre for Information Modelling – Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities at the University of Graz, Austria; and Elisa Nury, a PhD student in Digital Humanities at King’s College London, UK. I am very happy that Frederike and Elise decided to join us, and hope they will inspire others to do the same. If you’d like to follow their footsteps, or contribute to the Lexicon in any other way, please visit our Contribute page.


As you can also read in my last two posts, the Lexicon has also been presented at two conferences last year: in September at SHARP 2014 in Antwerp as a Digital Showcase (for which I had also made a flyer), and in October-November at ESTS 2014 in Helsinki as a Pop-up Presentation (PDF Slides). In Helsinki, Sakari Katajamäki also kindly offered me the opportunity to write a brochure that could be added to the conference’s participant folder. I’m very happy to say that the Lexicon’s presence at these two conferences was a success, with participants offering both constructive feedback and interesting suggestions for the future of the Lexicon. In both cases, they also seem to have encouraged more people to visit and use the website, which brings me to my last point of discussion:


By the day of its first birthday, 19 November 2014, the Lexicon had received 3421 visits:

Dividing these pageviews in different views ‘per page type’ like I did for the Lexicon’s Six Month Anniversary, gives us the following results:


As you can see, this comparison between the analyses of the website’s views at 6 months and at 12 months indicates that the Lexicon is gradually becoming more important for our users, which is something I’m particularly happy about.

And of course it didn’t stop there: at the moment the website counts 3635 views, from a total of 58 different countries:

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Thanks again for making this possible, by visiting and/or subscribing to the website, by following our updates on Twitter, by keeping track of our public Zotero bibliography, or by suggesting new definitions and sources for the Lexicon!

All the best,


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